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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
Industry groups putting the screws to senators over food-safety amendments
Grist - 11/17/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell – The latex gloves are coming off on the sausage-making of S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Senate has voted 74 to 25 for cloture, which starts the 60-day clock for a vote in the full Senate and the amendment process.
Time to talk cranberries, and turkey
Portland Press Herald - 11/17/2010.
By Anne Mahle – A friend called recently and asked what would be local and suitable to bring to a brunch with pancakes or french toast. Local fruit in Maine? In November? Cranberries, of course! And perfect for around Thanksgiving.
The short, happy lives of Pagett Farm turkeys
Village Soup - 11/17/2010.
By Ethan Andrews – Palermo: On Thanksgiving, thousands of turkeys will appear on, and disappear from, tables around Maine. And while most of these birds will hail from industrial farms halfway across the country – Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina are big turkey exporters – around 100 Thanksgiving turkeys will come from Pagett Farm, a small, family-run business in Palermo.
GM mosquito wild release takes campaigners by surprise
Science and Development Network - 11/16/2010.
By Katherine Nightingale – Experts in the safety of genetically modified (GM) organisms have expressed concern over the release of GM mosquitoes into the wild on the Cayman Islands, which was publicised internationally only last month – a year after their initial release.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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