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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Our View: Food safety rules would hurt small Maine farms
Portland Press Herald - 8/21/2013.
Editorial - Regulations designed to stop contamination in huge factory farms don't make sense here. The vast fields of strawberries in California and spinach in Arizona bear little resemblance to the small family farms of Maine. But federal regulations proposed to limit foodborne illness treat them too similarly, and would put undue strain on small businesses that have been a Maine success story in the last decade.
Nathanael Johnson: Grist to whose mill?
GM Watch - 8/21/2013.
Claire Robinson takes Grist’s new food writer to task for falling for pro-GM spin.
A Note from Joel Salatin
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/21/2013.
Why do we need more farmers? What is the driving force behind USDA policy? In an infuriating epiphany I have yet to metabolize, I found out Wednesday in a private policy-generation meeting with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe. I did and still do consider it a distinct honor for his staff to invite me as one of the 25 dignitaries in Virginia Agriculture for this think-tank session in Richmond.
Feds get an earful from Pingree, farmers on new food safety rules
Bangor Daily News - 8/20/2013.
By Mario Moretto - Proposed regulations for fruit and vegetable producers would cripple Maine’s small farms and cause many to close, according to farmers speaking Monday to federal officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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