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Aktan Askin of Lor Farm in Thorndike

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Meet Aktan Askin and Erin McWalters of Lor Farm in Thorndike. Lor Farm, a sheep and goat dairy farm and cheese house, produces halloumi, ricotta, feta and sheep's milk yogurt based on recipes of Anatolian and Mediterranean origin. Aktan and Erin sell from the farm, at the Downtown Bangor Farmers' Market and at the Saturday Orono Farmers' Market. Aktan has been MOFGA's landscape coordinator and was a MOFGA journeyperson and volunteer. He will now be working for Fedco.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
California Farms Are Sucking Up Enough Groundwater to Put Rhode Island 17 Feet Under
Mother Jones - 7/16/2014.
By Julia Lurie - California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops – four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example – is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. In addition to affecting agricultural production the drought will cost the state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and a whole lot of groundwater.
Variation in Broccoli Cultivar Phytochemical Content under Organic and Conventional Management Systems: Implications in Breeding for Nutrition
PLOS One - 7/16/2014.
By Erica N. C. Renaud et al. - Researchers compared 23 broccoli cultivars grown in Oregon and Maine under organic and conventional systems in spring and fall for the content of phytochemicals associated with health promotion. For some phytochemicals, genotype was the major source of variation; for others, region, season and the interaction between region and season were major sources of variation. Overall, phytochemicals were not significantly influenced by management systems.
GMO food labeling law pressure mounts
The Des Moines Register - 7/16/2014.
By Christopher Doering - Washington: Congress could face pressure to establish a uniform, nationwide law on the labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients as early as next year, as more states regulate the controversial technology found in much of the U.S. food supply.
Breeding “Organic Ready” Corn
Organic Farming Research Foundation - 7/15/2014.
By Karen Adler - Amidst the controversy over transgene (GMO) contamination—a growing concern for organic farmers, researchers, consumers, and advocates—plant breeder Frank Kutka has been working to develop an “organic ready” line of corn that will maintain its non-GMO integrity.
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