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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Our Farmers in Residence, Megan Gardner and Pheonix Obrien, are posting weekly updates about their farming experiences at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on our Facebook Page. Follow this young couple as they learn and grow.

Photo: Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Produce supplier going out of business
Portland Press Herald - 2/9/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Scarborough: Market Fresh Produce, based on Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough, is going out of business this week, leaving about 700 commercial customers in southern Maine to find other suppliers of fresh produce. Market Fresh's owner, Stephen Goodrich, said the company's 20 employees were notified last week that Saturday will be their last day of work. Goodrich said his sales staff has been referring customers to a competitor, Native Maine Produce and Specialty Foods in Westbrook.
Farm Bill update: fewer secrets, more hard work
Grist - 2/9/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – Now that we’re beyond all the intrigue and behind-closed-doors shenanigans of the failed Secret Farm Bill, the good food movement is tasked with something even more daunting: staying awake and engaged as the 2012 Farm Bill moves through a more traditional process of hearings, committees, and amendments. I have my party hat on – do you?
Gene-modified corn violations triple among US farmers
BusinessWeek - 2/9/2012.
By Jack Kaskey – Monsanto Co. and other seed makers reported a threefold increase last year in U.S. farmers caught violating requirements for planting genetically modified corn.
New GM crops tolerant to old toxic herbicides a step backwards
Institute for Science in Society - 2/9/2012.
By Prof. Joe Cummins – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that Dow AgroScience Company is seeking deregulation of a new genetically engineered corn (DAS-4027809), tolerant to broadleaf phenoxy auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D and grass herbicides such as quizalofop, and is soliciting public comments by February 27, 2012.
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August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

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August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

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