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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
Walmart Squeezes Organics
The Progressive - 5/30/2014.
By Wenonah Hauter - One of the most frequent questions I get about the food system is what to make of the fact that Walmart sells organic food.
Perspective on Dietary Risk Assessment of Pesticide Residues in Organic Food
Sustainability - 5/30/2014.
By Charles M. Benbrook and Brian P. Baker - Based on USDA data on pesticide residues, Benbrook and Baker find that fraud appears to be rare. Most prohibited residues found in organic produce are detected at levels far below the residues typically found in food grown with pesticides. Relatively high-risk residues are more common in imported foods – both organic and conventional – compared to domestically grown food. The authors conclude that incorporating relative dietary risk into the organic standard would be a more precautionary, risk-based approach than targeting enforcement to organic foods found to contain 5% or more of the applicable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tolerance.
Cold, wet spring means slow start for farmers, gardeners
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2014.
By Abigail Curtis - On a cool, damp morning, an eager crowd of shoppers came to the Belfast Farmers’ Market, where they found live music, hot crepes, cheese, meats, bread and seedlings.
Feds make crop insurance more relevant for Maine fruit and veggie growers
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2014.
By Christopher Burns - In a move that will likely help Maine farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer new crop insurance options to cover fruit and vegetables. The program will extend to smaller farms crop insurance coverage that traditionally benefited only growers of commodity crops. The whole-farm policy will give farmers the opportunity to get coverage for all crops, rather than on a commodity-by-commodity basis, which will provides flexibility for farms with a diverse stock.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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