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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Conservation Farm Tour

Cover Crops in Durham
Wednesday, June 29, 5 p.m.
New Leaf Farm, 496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine
Free

Hosted by Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, MOFGA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Dave Colson, MOFGA's agricultural services director, will lead a tour of a cover crop demonstration planted at New Leaf Farm. Learn about cover crops and their pros and cons. Information will be available on programs to help with crop rotation on your farm. FMI and to register: Jocelyn Lahey, 207-753-9400 x 404 or
jlahey@maineconservationdistricts.com.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Garden advice for May
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
By Reeser Manley – Soil temperature is the most important factor in deciding when to direct sow main-season crops and when to transplant seedlings. Many of our summer vegetables are tropical in origin and will not grow well until the soil has sufficiently warmed.
Government keeps picking winners, losers on the farm
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
Op-ed by Jack Hedin – Here’s the first thing to understand about federally subsidized crop insurance: In an era when direct payments to farmers are increasingly difficult to justify, crop-insurance subsidies are becoming the main way in which public policy supports commodity crop farmers.
Growing numbers of wineries giving Mainers a taste of the midcoast
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
By Heather Steeves – Union: When Elmer and Holly Savage started growing grapes here 10 years ago, there were only a handful of wineries in Maine. Now there are eight wineries in the midcoast area alone. The area seems to be at the center of the state’s burgeoning wine industry – despite, not because of, its profitability.
Crop yields are only part of the organic vs. conventional farming debate
U.S. Food Policy - 4/27/2012.
By Parke Wilde – The journal Nature recently had an interesting meta-analysis – or quantitative literature review – about yields from organic agriculture. The accompanying summary says, "conventional agriculture gives higher yields under most situations." This is probably true. Yet, even environmentalists are overreacting to the study.
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