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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
The lobbyist in the henhouse: Whose interests is Maine’s DEP commissioner serving?
Portland Press Herald - 6/15/2013.
By Colin Woodard - For two years, public servant Patricia Aho has overseen Maine's environmental protection. But whom does she really serve? A seven-month investigation by the Telegram points to her former corporate clients. Part 1 of a 3-day series.
Sources describe a department under duress
Portland Press Herald - 6/15/2013.
By Colin Woodward - Every change of administration brings a change in priorities, and in early 2011 staffers within the Department of Environmental Protection fully expected Gov. Paul LePage to direct them to reduce regulatory burdens on business. What actually happened shocked nearly everyone, including workers who had seen partisan transitions dating back to the Longley, Brennan and McKernan administrations of the 1970s and 1980s.
South Portland farmers market moving inside Maine Mall
Portland Press Herald - 6/15/2013.
By David Harry - A unanimous Planning Board decision last week will enable a farmers market to move inside the Maine Mall.
Supreme Court: No patenting genes
Portland Press Herald - 6/14/2013.
By Jesse J. Holland, AP - The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously threw out attempts to patent human genes, siding with advocates who say the multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry should not have exclusive control over genetic information found inside the human body.
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