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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
EU Freezes Approval of GM Crops to 2014
The Cornucopia Institute - 1/22/2013.
Brussels: The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states.
America Losing Corn-Sweetener Taste as Dieters Pass Up Sodas
Bloomberg - 1/22/2013.
By Alan Bjerga - Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, used to sweeten products from Coca-Cola Co. to HJ Heinz Co. ketchup and linked to obesity, is falling in the U.S. as health-conscious consumers drink less soda. The amount of corn devoted to the sweetener this year will fall to its lowest level since 1997, according to a Jan. 15 projection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Grants promote year-round produce sales
Mainebiz - 1/21/2013.
By Craig Idlebrook - On the kind of cold December day that usually finds farmers looking at seed catalogs and dreaming of spring, Ralph Turner is welcoming customers to his greenhouses at Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport.
Crop Production Boosted 145% in Drought Conditions with Water-Saving Membranes
Treehugger - 1/21/2013.
By Derek Markham - Alvin Smucker, an MSU AgBioResearch scientist and professor of soil biophysics, recently led the development of a subsurface water retention membrane that has been shown to increase vegetable production in dry years.
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