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Spring Growth Conference:
Farming in the Face of Climate Change
Saturday, March 7, 2015 (snow date March 8)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Common Ground Education Center, Unity


On-farm nutrient cycling is a key way that farms can build resilience in the face of climate change. At this year's Spring Growth Conference, co-sponsored by MOFGA, Unity College and The Resilience Hub, participants will hear about historical trends impacting Maine's weather patterns and the theoretical opportunities for closing the nutrient loop. The keynote speaker is John Aber from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire. MOFGA's organic crop specialist, Eric Sideman, will facilitate a farmer panel discussion of practices on the farm. Details and registration.

 

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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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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