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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Nov. 1-3 at Point Lookout, Northport

Join us for this year’s Farmer to Farmer Conference in Northport, Maine. Keynote speaker Dan Brisebois will discuss Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm (in Quebec). The conference features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, half dedicated to talks by farmers and other agricultural professionals and half dedicated to a roundtable discussion that solicits and builds on the accumulated knowledge of the attending farmers. For more information and session details or to register
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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Killing Fields: Industrial Agriculture, Dead Zones and Genetically Engineered Corn
Huffington Post - 8/1/2013.
By Elizabeth Kucinich - Scientists are predicting one of the largest dead zones ever in the Gulf of Mexico this year, with estimates ranging from 7,286 to 8,561 square miles, or as large as the state of New Jersey. Dead zones are the oxygen-deprived bottom waters of bays and oceans. The lack of oxygen kills off bottom-dwelling marine organisms and chases away others that can no longer survive in them.
National Farmers Union supports country-of-origin meat labeling
LaCross Tribune - 8/1/2013.
The National Farmers Union has agreed to intervene in a federal court case that seeks to block implementation of new U.S. meat label rules. “We are intervening in this lawsuit in order to stand up for the USDA’s final Country-of-Origin rule,” said Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union.
Want to become an urban naturalist? Try trailing a toddler
Grist - 8/1/2013.
By Emma Marris - I write about environmental science for a living, and I consider myself a pretty big nature fan. When I’m out in a park on an officially nature-centric outing, I am able to slow down, calm down, and really enjoy the flora and fauna, large and small. And my kids get free rein.
Bipartisan immigration bill would help Maine, study says
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 8/1/2013.
By Kevin Miller - The reforms would boost the economy and create 1,486 jobs next year, a report predicts.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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