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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
National Project to Improve Organic Production Systems Launches
Carrot Country - 11/30/2012.
By Eric Woolson – A recently launched national project to significantly improve carrots for organic production systems will focus on virtually every aspect of the process from seed selection and variety development to pest resistance and nutritional value, according to professionals at Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and leading researchers.
Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile
National Geographic - 11/30/2012.
By Fred Pearce – After draining four-fifths of its massive underground aquifer for unsustainable agriculture, the Saudi Kingdom turns to verdant Ethiopia.
EU rejects French report linking GM corn to cancer
AFP - 11/29/2012.
The EU's food safety agency has rejected a bombshell French report linking genetically modified corn to cancer, saying it failed to meet "acceptable scientific standards."
Slow Food delegates forage for ideas in Italy
Portland Press Herald - 11/28/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Every two years, farmers, chefs, policy experts and food activists from around the world gather in Torino, Italy, for the annual Terra Madre conference hosted by Slow Food. The event, which promotes sustainable agriculture and the preservation of endangered foods, was held this year in October in conjunction with a food festival called Salone del Gusto.
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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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