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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
USDA Wants Public Input on Coexisting with Agriculture
USAgNet - 9/23/2013.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA will soon publish a notice in the Federal Register asking the public to comment on how agricultural coexistence in the United States can be strengthened.
Common Ground ~ uncommon fun!
Daily Kos - 9/23/2013.
This last weekend was Common Ground, the annual fair put on by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA). Their whole fairground is dedicated to stuff grown or made in Maine, so ~ in addition to the educational exhibits and serious stuff ~ there's lots and lots to look at: pottery, woodworking, baskets, produce, other foods, fiber.... Ah, the fiber ;-) My favorite part ~ but there's lots of organic wholesome goodness (warning ~ photo heavy) after the Great Orange Doodle...
Organic food promoted across Madison and Dane County
The Badger Herald (Madison) - 9/23/2013.
As part of its Organic Agriculture Lands initiative, Dane County will lease 24 acres of county park land to an organic grower, according to a Dane County statement. The county also has a community garden at another park, and hopes to open up another fresh food market in Madison, the statement said.
Study: E. Coli Cattle Vaccination Could Prevent 83 Percent of Human Cases
Food Safety News - 9/23/2013.
By Lydia Zuraw - A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that using E. coli vaccines on cattle could prevent up to 83 percent of human infections. By combining veterinary, human and molecular data, the authors created a model of the pathogen’s transmission from cattle to humans and used it to estimate the human impact of vaccinating cattle.
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July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

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