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MOFGA presentations at the 2015 Agricultural Trades Show

Tuesday, January 13
Augusta Civic Center


Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. Presentations are held in the Cumberland Room, the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room, and the Androscoggin Room (one presentation, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.). There is no pre-registration for the day's events. Complete schedule of presentations.

MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the Association's Annual Meeting, which will be held from 1:30 to 4:00 in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room.
More details.

MOFGA also has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Proposal by Industry Trade/Lobby Group Could Tax Farmers for Research and Promotion
The Cornucopia Institute - 2/20/2013.
As organic farmers and enthusiasts begin gathering for the nation’s largest organic farming conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a number of questions and concerns are being posed about a proposal to create a federal market order and commodity check-off program for organics.
Garden centres weed out insecticides to help save bees
The Guardian [UK] - 2/20/2013.
A campaign to banish pesticides linked to the fall in bee populations appears to be gathering pace after at least five garden centre chains agreed to remove products blamed for the decline.
The Impact of Organic Farming on Quality of Tomatoes Is Associated to Increased Oxidative Stress during Fruit Development
PLOS One - 2/20/2013.
By Aurelice B. Oliveira et al. - Tomato fruits from organic farms in Brazil were smaller than conventional but were higher in soluble solids and had more nutritional compounds, such as phenolics and vitamin C. The authors suggest that a certain level of stress may improve product quality.
Smaller But Better? Organic Tomatoes May Pack More Nutritional Punch
National Public Radio - 2/20/2013.
By Allison Aubrey - A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that tomatoes grown on organic farms were about 40 percent smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes. The upside? They pack more of a nutritional punch.
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