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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practices

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May 9, 2018
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $100; discounts for MOFGA members

This one-day immersion course is designed for MOFGA apprentices but is open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Department and organic farmers for a one-day introductory course in organic farming. Lunch will be provided.

The day will focus on the fundamentals of organic vegetable farming. MOFGA’s Eric Sideman, Organic Crops Specialist, and Dave Colson, Agricultural Services Director, will cover theory and best practices for organic management of soils, and cover plant families. After lunch we will tour a neighboring farm.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Late blight affects some County potato farmers amid rainy weather
Bangor Daily News - 8/12/2011.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: The rainy spring and summer have put a damper on the Aroostook County potato growing season, but the head of the Maine Potato Board said Wednesday that the industry remains optimistic about this year’s crop. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that one consequence of the rainy weather has been the discovery of late blight in central Aroostook.
Roundup herbicide research shows plant, soil problems
Reuters - 8/12/2011.

Repeated use of the chemical glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup herbicide, impacts the root structure of plants, and 15 years of research indicates that the chemical could be causing fungal root disease, said Bob Kremer, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Tractors: no license necessary
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.
Craig Crosby – The federal government announced Wednesday it is scrapping plans to require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses to operate their tractors. The decision came after thousands of angry farmers and farm organizations blasted the measure as unnecessary meddling.
Food safety program cuts mindless, shortsighted
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.
Editorial – For the last month we have heard more than we needed to know about the nation's debt, and our government's inability to bring spending under control. After all the talk, however, it's important to remember that we need government to do things that the private sector cannot or will not do on its own, and we have to pay for it.
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