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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
Evrett Lunquist, Organic Inspection, Libel and USDA Culpability
Corporate Crime Reporter - 12/13/2012.
By Russell Mokhiber – After the National Organic Program released documents to farmer Paul Rosberg without redacting the organic inspector’s name (Evrett Lunquist), Rosberg sued Lunquist for libel. Rosberg and his wife own Nebraska’s Finest Meats, LLC, and is being charged in federal court with selling meat that was misbranded and/or not inspected. Both cases go to court in January.
EPA responds to scientists' concerns, initiates new effort for low-dose, hormone-like chemicals
Environmental Health News - 12/13/2012.
By Brian Bienkowski – Spurred by mounting scientific evidence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is initiating a new effort to examine whether low doses of hormone-mimicking chemicals are harming human health and whether chemical testing should be overhauled.
Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill
The Progressive - 12/13/2012.
By Jim Goodman – “The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don't feel the least bit assured.
Pesticide chemicals linked to food allergies
Grist - 12/13/2012.
By Susie Cagle – You may not be at all surprised to learn that pesticides are bad for us. No, but, like, really bad. A couple of months ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned about the effects of pesticides on kids. Today’s kids have grown up with a new normal of pesticide-laden food and increased food allergies. According to a new study, those two things might be connected.
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