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MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art Host Showing of “Hanna Ranch”
Thursday, November 13
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square, Portland


The Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA are collaborating again this fall to bring you the film "Hanna Ranch." This feature documentary is about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once-prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Karl Kister, one of the executive producers of the film, and a lively panel discussion.
Film details. MOFGA and PMA members are FREE, regular admission is $8. Members can pre-register on-line and use the discount code "MOFGA" at check-out.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Chicken Processed in China Triggers U.S. Food Safety Protests
Bloomberg - 9/26/2013.
By Brian Wingfield and Shruti Date Singh - Food-safety advocates are raising alarms over a decision by the Obama administration to permit chicken processed in China to be sold in the U.S. even after several high-profile incidents of food contamination.
Senate funding bill strips controversial provision on genetically modified crops
The Washington Post - 9/26/2013.
By Holly Yeager - The short-term spending plan moving through the Senate would eliminate legislative language that allows farmers to continue growing genetically modified crops even if a court has blocked their use. [Monsanto talks of activists abusing the legal process! “This discussion shows the need to address the larger problem – abuse of the legal process by activists and returning the regulatory system to one based on real science, operating in a timely and data-driven manner to deliver choices to farmers and the economy they support,” the company said.]
Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters
The Washington Post - 9/26/2013.
By Darryl Fears - They call it the green slime, a toxic ooze of algae that covered lakes and other water bodies across the United States this summer, closing beaches in Wisconsin and Kentucky, and killing scores of dolphins, manatees, birds and fish in Florida, a report says.
Product-to-Parent Reversion of Trenbolone: Unrecognized Risks for Endocrine Disruption
Science - 9/26/2013.
By Shen Qu et al. - The anabolic steroid trenbolone, widely used by the [non-organic] beef industry to increase growth, can persist in aquatic ecosystems.
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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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