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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
Norway Devotes Big Bucks To Crop Diversity
Environmental News Network - 9/27/2013.
By Sophie Wenzlau, Worldwatch Institute - Earlier this week, the government of Norway pledged US$23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage some of the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize.
Prions – in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism - 9/27/2013.
By Ron Seely - Prions – the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer – can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison.
Cantaloupe Farmers Arrested – Will There Be Others?
Las Vegas Guardian Express - 9/27/2013.
By Lisa Nance - In 2011, the most lethal outbreak of food poisoning this nation has ever seen happened after cases of cantaloupe shipped from a Colorado farm were eaten. The cantaloupes harbored the deadly bacteria, listeria, hospitalizing 147 people and killing 33. Cantaloupe farmers, Eric and Ryan Jensen, are being held responsible for the outbreak and have been arrested. But, as details of the crime begin to appear it begs the question of whether our food supply is safe and will there be others arrested for similar offenses.
Safety of New Pesticide Technology Is Under Review
Roll Call - 9/27/2013.
By Philip Brashe - The agency said it “recognizes the need to better understand the scientific issues concerning the assessment of the risks to human health and the environment that RNAi technologies may pose before any regulatory decisions concerning these products can be made.”
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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

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