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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
Have we learned nothing since “Silent Spring”?
The Independent - 1/7/2011.
By Michael McCarthy – Nicotine, found in tobacco, is a deadly substance – and not only for smokers. It has long been known as a powerful natural insecticide, and its presence in the tobacco crop has evolved to deter pests; it is toxic to virtually all of them.
Germany dioxins: Officials probe 'illegal activity'
BBC News - 1/7/2011.
German officials are investigating possible "illegal activity" after a company allegedly supplied 25 animal feed makers with 3,000 tonnes of contaminated fatty acids. Tests from the Harles und Jentzsch plant in Schleswig Holstein found excessive levels of the poisonous chemical dioxin, officials said. Some 4,700 German farms have been shut. Officials say the dioxin levels pose no risk to humans, but contamination fears have spread across Europe.
House GOP drops word ‘organic’ from committee charged with oversight
Grist - 1/7/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Want some good news about the GOP's takeover of the House? Look elsewhere. Want some more bad news? You're in the right place. Food blog La Vida Locavore discovered something that indicates the new Republican majority on the House Agriculture Committee intends to massively de-emphasize organic agriculture.
License requirements muddle effort to sell local foodstuffs
Kennebec Journal - 1/5/2011.
By George Smith – A lot of food criminals live in Maine. Did you bake bread or pastries for your church Christmas fair? Sell your pickles at the community craft fair? Offer your jams and jellies at the school fundraiser? Law breakers, every one of you!
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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