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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
Common Ground Fair Begins Sept 25
Village Soup - 9/23/2009.
Sept. 25-27 the Common Ground Country Fair will take place at the home of the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association in Unity.
Court rejects genetically modified sugar beets
San Francisco Chronicle - 9/23/2009.
By Bob Egelko – The government illegally approved a genetically modified, herbicide-resistant strain of sugar beets without adequately considering the chance they will contaminate other beet crops, a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White rejected the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision in 2005 to allow Monsanto Co. to sell the sugar beets, known as "Roundup-Ready" because they are engineered to coexist with Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.
Can plastics make us fat?
Grist - 9/23/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – That title doesn’t quite seem to capture the urgency of the issue, does it? Yet despite rampant skepticism, the data continue to pour in – chemicals in some of the most common plastics and household products, things that surround us every minute of the day, are major culprits in the obesity epidemic. At least now that fact is now getting some well-deserved attention.
Destructive party in July yields charges
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2009.
By Craig Crosby – China: More than a half dozen area men and women are facing charges in connection with a July party that destroyed part of a dairy farm's alfalfa crop. Trooper Shawn Porter of the Maine State Police has issued summonses to seven people over the past few weeks. Porter said Monday that he still has two summonses to issue. He hopes to complete the process within the next several days.
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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

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