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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
Full plate for Obama’s new FDA administrator
San Francisco Chronicle - 4/10/2009.
By Marion Nestle – The FDA desperately needs fixing. This agency oversees the safety of drugs, medical devices, and food for animals as well as people. This is a large order, but the FDA faces particular hurdles. The industries it regulates do not like being regulated. They prefer self-regulation, and they let Congress know it.
Big Ag: give us carbon credit, but don’t cap our emissions
Grist - 4/9/2009.
By Tom Philpott – As Congress gears up to consider climate legislation, agribusiness is getting sweaty palms – and for good reason. A landmark 2007 FAO study credited industrial meat production with nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions – a higher propportion than transportation.
Shades of Green: Quantifying the Benefits of Organic Dairy Production
Organic Center - 4/9/2009.
The "avoided impacts" stemming from applications of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides, and several classes of animal drugs can now be estimated for a single milking cow, a given herd of milking animals, across all cows in a region or all farms shipping to a given dairy processing company, or even for a gallon of milk.
Online farmers' market opens
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/8/2009.
The opening of the online Western Maine Market connecting local farmers and producers with customers went well, said Tricia Cook of the Western Mountains Alliance.
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