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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Our Farmers in Residence, Megan Gardner and Pheonix Obrien, are posting weekly updates about their farming experiences at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on our Facebook Page. Follow this young couple as they learn and grow.

Photo: Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto’s losing bet on GM sugar beets has bitter repercussions
Grist - 10/20/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In 2008, the USDA approved planting of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beet, equipped with a gene that allows them to withstand unlimited doses of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. The sugar trade promised to be a big money maker for genetically modified (GM) seed giant Monsanto.
All things apple, together in one place for one day
Portland Press Herald - 10/20/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Due to the death of a friend, Maine apple guru John Bunker will not be able to attend this Saturday's Great Maine Apple Day, an event he helped found. As a result, the organizers have been scrambling since Thursday to find other experts to fill in the gaps left by Bunker's absence. "Thankfully John's got a lot of contemporaries now," said Andrew Marshall, who directs educational programs for the Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association, where the event will be held.
Sea(food) change toward sustainability
Portland Press Herald - 10/20/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Imagine picking up a can of fish chowder at your local grocery store and tracing the fish that's in it back to where it was caught – and not only to where it was caught, but how it was caught. Now multiply that by a few thousand products, and you have some idea of the monumental task facing George Parmenter, corporate responsibility manager for Hannaford.
Out, invasive species!
Bangor Daily News - 10/19/2010.
Editorial – Invasive species don’t just choke up local ponds and drive out natives; they cost the United States up to $200 billion a year. While non-native animals such as Asian shore crabs and pike have gotten a lot of attention, invasive plants also are a growing problem.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

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