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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
Maine braces for another budworm infestation
Portland Press Herald - 2/11/2013.
By Glenn Adams, AP - When spruce budworm infested Maine’s spruce and fir forests in the late '70s, large-scale aerial spraying was implemented - to considerable protest. Now an outbreak of budworms on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec has Maine forestry experts worried.
Scientists call for GM halt on third anniversary of brinjal moratorium
Food Navigator - Asia - 2/11/2013.
By R.J. Whitehead - Over 150 Indian scientists have united to call public attention to the Ministry of Agriculture, which they believe has been making a political case for genetically modified crops to counter concerns of food security.
Russia bans US meat imports over feed additive
Processing Magazine - 2/11/2013.
Starting today, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service is banning virtually all imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey products over the use of the growth stimulant ractopamine, which it says may cause health problems. Ractopamine, which is used to promote leanness in animals, has been banned in the European Union, Taiwan, China and Russia due to alleged health dangers.
European Commission study looks into allergy risks from textile chemicals
Processing Magazine - 2/11/2013.
The European Commission (EC) has started a comprehensive analysis of a possible link between chemicals used in textile products and allergic reactions in consumers. A study has been conducted by Dutch company RPS, which reviewed all scientific data and epidemiological information on the matter available so far.
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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

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