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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Nov. 1-3 at Point Lookout, Northport

Join us for this year’s Farmer to Farmer Conference in Northport, Maine. Keynote speaker Dan Brisebois will discuss Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm (in Quebec). The conference features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, half dedicated to talks by farmers and other agricultural professionals and half dedicated to a roundtable discussion that solicits and builds on the accumulated knowledge of the attending farmers. For more information and session details or to register
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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production
Environmental Protection Agency - 10/16/2014.
EPA analyzed the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in United States soybean production. EPA concludes that these seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations. Published data indicate that in most cases there is no difference in soybean yield when soybean seed was treated with neonicotinoids versus not receiving any insect control treatment.
3 New Films Capture the Beauty and Sweat Equity of Our Small Farmers
Organic Connections - 10/16/2014.
Growing Local is a series of three short films. While “buying local” is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.
Another Reason To Label Genetically Engineered Food: 2,4-D
Environmental Working Group - 10/16/2014.
By Mary Ellen Kustin - On Wednesday (Oct. 15), the Obama administration sped up the chemical treadmill by approving a new weed killer called Enlist Duo. This means that genetically engineered corn and soybeans – the two most widely grown crops in America – could soon be blanketed not only in glyphosate (the infamous ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) but also in 2,4-D, a toxic herbicide linked to Parkinson’s, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid and reproductive problems.
A manifesto for solving the global food crisis
The Guardian [UK] - 10/16/2014.
By Evan Fraser and Elizabeth Fraser - United Nations’ data shows that we produce enough food for everyone to have an adequate diet, but poor distribution means that 805 million people are hungry while some 1.4 billion people are overweight or obese. We need to take the food we have and make sure it is distributed to those who need it most.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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