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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Russell Libby
The awards are granted to honor the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement. The scholarships offer support to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of organic and sustainable farm systems.

Apply now for one of three Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards

Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year in the following categories:

• MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant

• Maine High School Senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming at a college in Maine

• Kennebec Valley Community College student studying sustainable agriculture

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 5, 2017

Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship Application

If the button above does not work, click on this link or copy and paste the text into your browser URL window: https://pressherald.wufoo.com/forms/m11pldlm1bo69i9/

Winners will be notified by Friday, March 17. Winners will be contacted by the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for inclusion in a write-up in SOURCE. Winners are also invited to attend the 3rd Annual SOURCE Sustainability Awards on Wednesday, April 6, 2017 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, where they will be recognized and awarded the scholarship.

For further information about Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, contact: dmacphee@mofga.org. For details about the Source Sustainability Awards, contact: smanning@mainetoday.com

The Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards are a joint project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Sunday Telegram/Source and are generously supported by Lee Auto Malls.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farms big, little display at expo
Kennebec Journal - 1/13/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Augusta: In the summer, Janet Spear digs in the dirt on a fifth-generation vegetable and cattle farm on Eugley Hill Road in Nobleboro. In the winter, she grows back her "girly fingernails" and gets busy marketing her other business, Janet's Ag Tours and Travel Service, specializing in domestic and international excursions with an agricultural focus.
Advocates of organic farming question agriculture workshop
Kennebec Journal - 1/13/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Advocates for organic farming say a workshop at the state agricultural trades show today is a veiled campaign to make Maine farmers accept genetically engineered crops. The 12:45 p.m. workshop is billed as promoting co-existence of organic and genetically engineered crops. "It looks to me with this workshop that they're really pushing for people to be OK with genetic engineering and accept GMOs (genetically modified crops)," said Bob St. Peter, executive director of Food for Maine's Future.
Down East farmers market seeking ... Farmers
Bangor Daily News - 1/12/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Whiting: In assessing the 2009 farmers market season in Calais, farmers of the Washington County Farmers’ Alliance at their meeting here Sunday said they are lacking one key ingredient: more farmers. Ted Carter, a farmer from Alexander, said the Calais market is going so well on Tuesdays that he never even got to the Eastport farmers market on Saturdays. “I was all sold out,” he said.
Legislators grapple with dairy payouts
Bangor Daily News - 1/11/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: Legislators debated the payments to the state’s unique Dairy Stabilization Program for nearly the entire day Friday. The program provides subsidies to Maine dairy farmers when the price of milk falls. Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, a member of the Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation Committee, said the committee struggled with making across-the-board percentage cuts to farmers’ payments in a cash-strapped year.
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