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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Nov. 1-3 at Point Lookout, Northport

Join us for this year’s Farmer to Farmer Conference in Northport, Maine. Keynote speaker Dan Brisebois will discuss Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm (in Quebec). The conference features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, half dedicated to talks by farmers and other agricultural professionals and half dedicated to a roundtable discussion that solicits and builds on the accumulated knowledge of the attending farmers. For more information and session details or to register
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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Dichlorophenol-containing pesticides and allergies: results from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006
Annals of Asthma, Allergies & Immunology - 9/9/2012.
By Elina Jerschow, M.D., et al. – Of 2,211 people ages 6 and over, those with the highest concentrations of dichlorophenols in their urine were most likely to show allergic reactions to one or more food allergens. Dichlorophenols are widely used as pesticides and to chlorinate water.
Curious observations about the drought
The Contrary Farmer - 9/8/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – To keep from becoming too depressed over the drought, I try to find lessons to learn from it, like trying not to be envious when rain falls on nearby farms but not ours. Two occurrences in my pastures suggest a teeny bit of optimism, but they run contrary to the way I usually think about pasture farming. That is to say, both occurrences involve plants whose names up to now have been hard for me to say out loud without prefixing them with cuss words.
Maine organic food fans: it’s about the chemicals
Maine Public Broadcasting - 9/7/2012.
By Patty B. Wight – When faced with the choice of eating organic or conventional food, which is more nutritious? A study published this week by scientists from Stanford University found that there is virtually no difference. But as Patty Wight reports, those who favor organic say there are reasons beyond nutrition that steer their food preferences.
Mothers, scientists, physicians take on lobbyists in Maine BPA battle
Kennebec Journal - 9/7/2012.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Jessica Graham, a mother of two from Waterville, said Thursday that parents shouldn't have to spend a lot of time in the grocery aisle trying to determine whether the foods they are buying for their children may contain a chemical called bisphenol-A. "Even though I have spent hours researching it, it is very difficult to know," she said.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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