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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
Arsenic in chickens: the FDA takes on poisonous poultry
The Atlantic - 6/13/2011.
By Marion Nestle – For years, public health advocates have fretted about the use of arsenic-containing drugs to kill intestinal parasites and promote growth in chickens. One such drug is roxarsone, made by Pfizer. Its arsenic is the organic (carbon-containing) form, which is less toxic than the inorganic form. But, as The New York Times explained, evidence has been accumulating that the organic form can change into the more toxic, inorganic form, a known carcinogen.
Supporting mom-and-pop stores in food deserts
Grist - 6/13/2011.
Gary Nabhan and Kelly Watters are right that it will take a diversity of new and expanded fresh food stores to truly solve the crisis of inadequate access to healthy food in many low-income areas. Small grocery stores, farmers markets, and expanded convenience stores are all part of a comprehensive, sustainable solution to this challenge.
Disease has needles falling from Maine pine trees
Bangor Daily News - 6/13/2011.
AP – Augusta: The Maine Department of Conservation reports increasing damage throughout the state to eastern white pine trees, particularly a yellowing, browning and loss of needles. Officials expect unusual and excessive shedding of infected, 1-year-old tree needles over the next few weeks, caused by three fungi.
Scientists create lady goats trapped inside male bodies
Treehugger - 6/13/2011.
By Stephen Messenger – The results of genetic modification have given rise to transgender goats which are essentially females in male bodies. Scientists working in New Zealand have begun breeding for these transgender goats, equipped with full male anatomy, in order to see if the milk they produce will bear similarities with human breast milk.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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

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 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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