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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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MOFGA's Low-Income CSAs Fundraiser
We are closing in on our $6,000 goal!

MOFGA's fundraiser to enable low-income families to afford organic CSA shares has just $1,200 more to raise. Please help us support seven organic farmers who offer half-price shares of healthy, organic food to struggling Maine families! Please donate today to help us raise $6,000 by May 27. Click here – your donation truly makes a difference.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Vilsack proposes stricter food labels
Common Dreams - 2/18/2009.
By Mary Clare Jalonick – WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is throwing out food labeling rules proposed by the Agriculture Department just before George W. Bush left office, saying it wants labels for fresh meat and other foods that would show more clearly where an animal or food came from, according to consumer groups who've been briefed on the issue.
Big fish, little fish
Grist - 2/17/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Large-scale fisheries burn through 14-19 million metric tons of fuel each year to produce 29 million metric tons of fish. So in the best case, it takes about a ton of fuel to produce two tons of fish. Their small-scale counterparts use one to three metric tons of fuel to produce 24 million metric tons of fish.
Protecting Maine’s dairy farms
The Times Record - 2/17/2009.
Editorial – In theory, it's only fair that Maine's dairy farmers share in the pain felt by others receiving state funding, who, like the subsidized farmers, face across-the-board budget cuts due to a projected $838 million shortfall in the state budget for the next two years.
David Palmer Beall
Kennebec Journal - 2/17/2009.
Obituary – LEEDS -- David Palmer Beall, 57, of Leeds died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009.
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