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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
National Organic Coalition letter on the role of organic in combatting climate change
Organic Consumers - 6/11/2009.
On behalf of our organizations and members, we are collectively writing to encourage the Committees to recognize the benefits of organic agriculture practices for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Why our food system may suffer the same fate as our financial system
Alternet - 6/11/2009.
By Lisa M. Hamilton – This spring, local foods advocates have reason to be hopeful. In 2009, there will be more farmers markets than ever, nearly 5,000 nationwide. And in backyards everywhere are some real green shoots, with 43 million Americans planting gardens this year. But look beyond the local, and so far 2009 has been disastrous for agriculture.
Will big ag plow under Waxman-Markey?
Grist - 6/11/2009.
By Tom Philpott – As the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill moves forward in the House, Big Ag interest groups are circling their plows and sharpening their pitchforks. Some of the largest corporations in the agribusiness sector – including the GMO-and-herbicide giant Monsanto – are pushing to control how agriculture would fit into the bill’s cap-and-trade scheme.
Big ag goes green
Common Dreams - 6/11/2009.
by Tom Laskawy – Sadly, the green I'm referring to is the color of money. As Tom Philpott reports, Big Ag is trying to get an agricultural technique known as "chemical no-till" established as a legitimate carbon offset in the Waxman/Markey legislation. There's only one problem, all the research out there says that chemical no-till doesn't actually sequester carbon.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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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

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