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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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Thank you to all who have joined us so far in talking about MOFGA's Vision, Values and Mission. There's still plenty of work ahead, and more opportunity for all of you to join the conversation. Visit the MOFGA Strategic Planning web page to see how you can get involved!

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Meet Gregory Bertoni and Kelsey Woods of A Good Start in Old Orchard Beach, a MOFGA-certified organic farm that produces seedlings. They sell at the Saco River Market. Keep up with A Good Start on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Arsenic in chickens: the FDA takes on poisonous poultry
The Atlantic - 6/13/2011.
By Marion Nestle – For years, public health advocates have fretted about the use of arsenic-containing drugs to kill intestinal parasites and promote growth in chickens. One such drug is roxarsone, made by Pfizer. Its arsenic is the organic (carbon-containing) form, which is less toxic than the inorganic form. But, as The New York Times explained, evidence has been accumulating that the organic form can change into the more toxic, inorganic form, a known carcinogen.
Supporting mom-and-pop stores in food deserts
Grist - 6/13/2011.
Gary Nabhan and Kelly Watters are right that it will take a diversity of new and expanded fresh food stores to truly solve the crisis of inadequate access to healthy food in many low-income areas. Small grocery stores, farmers markets, and expanded convenience stores are all part of a comprehensive, sustainable solution to this challenge.
Disease has needles falling from Maine pine trees
Bangor Daily News - 6/13/2011.
AP – Augusta: The Maine Department of Conservation reports increasing damage throughout the state to eastern white pine trees, particularly a yellowing, browning and loss of needles. Officials expect unusual and excessive shedding of infected, 1-year-old tree needles over the next few weeks, caused by three fungi.
Scientists create lady goats trapped inside male bodies
Treehugger - 6/13/2011.
By Stephen Messenger – The results of genetic modification have given rise to transgender goats which are essentially females in male bodies. Scientists working in New Zealand have begun breeding for these transgender goats, equipped with full male anatomy, in order to see if the milk they produce will bear similarities with human breast milk.
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