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Russell Libby
The awards are granted to honor the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement. The scholarships offer support to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of organic and sustainable farm systems.

Apply now for one of three Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards

Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year in the following categories:

• MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant

• Maine High School Senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming at a college in Maine

• Kennebec Valley Community College student studying sustainable agriculture

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 5, 2017

Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship Application

If the button above does not work, click on this link or copy and paste the text into your browser URL window: https://pressherald.wufoo.com/forms/m11pldlm1bo69i9/

Winners will be notified by Friday, March 17. Winners will be contacted by the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for inclusion in a write-up in SOURCE. Winners are also invited to attend the 3rd Annual SOURCE Sustainability Awards on Wednesday, April 6, 2017 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, where they will be recognized and awarded the scholarship.

For further information about Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, contact: dmacphee@mofga.org. For details about the Source Sustainability Awards, contact: smanning@mainetoday.com

The Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards are a joint project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Sunday Telegram/Source and are generously supported by Lee Auto Malls.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Will the Food Safety Modernization Act harm small farms or producers?
Grist - 11/15/2010.
Word has it that debate and voting of the Food Safety Modernization Act will begin this Wednesday in the Senate. If passed, S. 510 will greatly expand the FDA's authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Will it thus make all of us eaters less likely to get sick? Last week, our esteemed panelists agreed that it will, with some caveats.
Exposure to BPA means low number of sperm
Organic Consumers - 11/15/2010.
By Brie Cadman, HMO vs PPO – Two weeks ago, Canada added the much-maligned bisphenol-A (BPA) to its list of toxic substances, lending support to the accumulating evidence that it poses a health threat to humans. BPA has shown to be harmful in the laboratory animals, but the chemical industry claims that our exposure levels are too low to matter. But are they?
Alewives hold key to rebirth of fishing
The Times Record - 11/15/2010.
By Seth Koenig – Bath: Longtime fisherman and marine researcher Ted Ames believes he knows how to revitalize the state’s sagging groundfishing industry and generate millions of dollars for coastal economies. The secret, he said, is to remove obstructions to alewife reproduction in Maine rivers.
Hope students create business plans for new gardens
Village Soup - 11/14/2010.
By Linda Hall-Stone – Hope Elementary School students on Nov. 2 presented business plans for new raised bed gardens to several members of Seeds of Hope. Students from Erik Wade's seventh-grade math class designed a business plan, researched the effectiveness, contacted local hardware and lumber stores for supply costs. The school and its students have been reaping the harvest from a greenhouse and raised bed garden thanks to the eighth-grade class of 2008.
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