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Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Maine legislators seek solution to milk prices
Bangor Daily News - 4/15/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – All 186 Maine state legislators have signed a resolution asking Congress to fix what they call a broken federal milk pricing system. The resolution maintains: “The recent operation of the federal milk pricing program largely ignores the regional character of the nation’s primary fluid milk markets, including the different regional costs of production…”
Lawmakers ask feds to aid dairy farms
Ag Clips - 4/15/2009.
By Christopher Cousins, Times Record (Brunswick, Maine) – Legislators and dozens of dairy farmers who gathered at the State House on Tuesday hope their solidarity sends a message to Congress that without large-scale reform, the traditional dairy industry in Maine and elsewhere in the United States might dry up.
Germany Bans Cultivation of GM Corn
Der Spiegel - 4/14/2009.
The sowing season may be just around the corner, but this year German farmers will not be planting genetically modified crops: German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner announced Tuesday she was banning the cultivation of GM corn in Germany. The cultivation of MON 810 is already banned in five other EU member states, namely Austria, Hungary, Greece, France and Luxembourg.
MRSA (antibiotic resistance) in people – and pigs
Ethicurean - 4/14/2009.
Everyone’s up in arms about historian James McWilliams’ New York Times op-ed last week, misleadingly headlined “Free-Range Trichinosis,” about how a study found more pathogens in pastured pigs than factory ones. Many bloggers have taken McWilliams to task for omitting the industry funding source for the research and misrepresenting its findings.
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