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MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art Host Showing of “Hanna Ranch”
Thursday, November 13
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square, Portland


The Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA are collaborating again this fall to bring you the film "Hanna Ranch." This feature documentary is about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once-prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Karl Kister, one of the executive producers of the film, and a lively panel discussion.
Film details. MOFGA and PMA members are FREE, regular admission is $8. Members can pre-register on-line and use the discount code "MOFGA" at check-out.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Penalty timeline of the Turner egg farms
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
Quality Egg of New England LLC and Maine Contract Farming LCC are farms doing business as part of the Austin "Jack" DeCoster egg empire in operation since the early 1960s. The DeCoster operation has been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations and sanctions by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Commission, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Administration, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Nominee for No 2 USDA job defends organic past
Reuters - 4/1/2009.
By Christopher Doering – The Obama administration's nominee for the U.S. Agriculture Department's No. 2 job on Wednesday defended her work on organic food from Senate critics who questioned whether she could work with other farmers.
McDonalds agrees to pesticide hazard reduction program: working with potato growers, worldwide
Treehugger - 4/1/2009.
by John Laumer – Investor Environmental Health Network reports that "Responding to shareholder concerns, McDonald’s Corporation has agreed to formally survey and promote best practices in pesticide use reduction within its American potato supply chain." Because McDonalds is the USA's largest buyer of potatoes, a good outcome here will propagate to other growers supplying other customers.
Rural myth: you can’t eat healthful foods on a tight budget
Kennebec Journal - 4/1/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy – If there's one urban myth Julie Omsberg wants to bust, it's how much it really costs to feed a family a healthful meal. "There is this belief out there that fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive, and that's just not true," Omsberg said. "You should be able to feed your family for under $100 (a week)." Omsberg was a presenter at Tuesday's annual Maine Nutrition Council Conference.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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