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September 11, 2020 – Discontinued: MOFGA will no longer add posts to this news feed. Please continue to enjoy the archival information posted here that is provided as a free service to MOFGA members and the greater worldwide community. Thank you for reading. You may donate to MOFGA here to support our work.

Six Ways to Support Fall Monarch Migration

August 25, 2020 – By David Mizejewski, National Wildlife Federation – Each fall, monarch butterflies embark on an incredible migration to their wintering grounds. West of the Rockies, the population heads to the Pacific coast, where they gather in scattered roosts in the trees in central and southern California. The eastern population, which makes up the bulk of the monarch population in North America, travels from as far north as southern Canada down to a specific area in the mountains of Mexico called the Monarch Biosphere Reserve northwest of Mexico City. There they all gather at just a handful of roost spots at high elevation to wait out the winter.

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If you are saving seeds for the first time, avoid these plants

August 22, 2020 – By Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – The basic steps to saving seeds may seem simple: remove the seeds, wash, dry and store them for next year, or for future generations. However, garden plants are so unique and varied that what works to save seeds from one crop may not work for another one in your garden.

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The Habitat of Home

August 22, 2020 – By Marina Schauffler, The Maine Monitor – A new book by a noted insect researcher outlines how a collective effort among property owners could help restore ecological health.

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Op-ed: A New Row-Cropping System in Iowa Offers Some Reasons for Optimism

August 21, 2020 – By Ricardo Salvador, Civil Eats – We all could use some good news. Here is some. This is a story about breaking free. There’s more than corn, beans and hogs growing in north-central Iowa this summer. It turns out that the future may be taking shape just outside Buffalo Center. That’s where farmer Zack Smith has set aside one of his 305 acres of corn/soy to experiment with a system that he calls the Stock Cropper. As the name tells you, both livestock and plants are involved. In the same field. At the same time.

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How to select the cold-hardiest livestock for winter farming

August 21, 2020 – By Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – It’s no secret that winter in Maine is cold. It can be hard to make it through the winter as a human being, but imagine being an animal spending all your time outdoors in the cold.

 

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National Farmer Survey Documents a Wide Range of Cover Crop Benefits as Acreage Continues to Expand

August 19, 2020 – USDA SARE – Despite the crippling rainfall that significantly delayed planting across much of the country in 2019, more than 90% of farmers participating in a national cover crop survey reported that cover crops allowed them to plant earlier or at the same time as non-cover-cropped fields. Among those who had “planted green,” seeding cash crops into growing cover crops, 54% said the practice helped them plant earlier than on other fields.

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How to sanitize garden containers

August 19, 2020 – By Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – Summer may feel like it’s in full swing, but Maine is mere weeks away from cold weather and, more importantly, the end of the growing season. As we pack in our containers to use for next year, it is important to sanitize them to make sure the problems that you had this growing season don’t persist next year.

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40-Year-old organic farming organization changes leadership

August 18, 2020 – By NOFA, The Landmark – In 1982, the Massachusetts Chapter of the then Natural Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) was born. At that time, it was one of four New England state chapters of the organization, whose purpose was to educate aspiring organic farmers on best practices and to provide a network for their joint bootstrap education.

 

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USDA Moves Forward with Sweeping Plans to Prevent Fraud in Organics

August 17, 2020 – By Lisa Held, Civil Eats – In 2017, The Washington Post reported on a shipment of 36 million pounds of soybeans that were shipped from Ukraine to Turkey to California and sold as organic, even though they had been fumigated with pesticides not approved under the USDA Organic standard and originally sold into the conventional market. And in 2019, an Iowa grain broker was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling more than $142 million in fraudulent organic animal feed to Midwest farmers between 2010 and 2017.

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