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September 11, 2020 – Discontinued: MOFGA will no longer add posts to this news feed. Please continue to enjoy the archival information posted here that is provided as a free service to MOFGA members and the greater worldwide community. Thank you for reading. You may donate to MOFGA here to support our work.

The Failure of GMO Cotton In India

September 8, 2020 – By Prof. Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Dr. Hans R. Herren and Dr. Peter E. Kenmore, Independent Science News – Grand claims are often made for GMO Bt cotton in India. Proponents point to increases in national cotton production, while Dr. Ramesh Chand of the Indian Government think tank Niti Aayog recently told BloombergQuint “there is no credible study to show any adverse impact of growing Bt cotton in the last 18 years in the country…”

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Tree Farm award winners honored during COVID constraints

September 6, 2020 – Turner Publishing – In ordinary times, the Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year hosts Forestry Field Day, a highly anticipated, festival-like event sponsored by Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Tree Farm. This celebration draws a broad spectrum of the forest industry to tour the land and learn about the award recipients’ thoughtful forest management efforts. This year’s winners are Drs. Jessica Leahy and Bob Seymour for their 130-acre tree farm, Wicopy Woods, in the Piscataquis County village of Sebec. However, with gathering size restrictions in place in the state because of the pandemic, the traditional, high attendance Forestry Field Day event will have to wait until sometime in 2021.

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New Initiative Aims To Ease Maine's Farm Labor Shortage

September 6, 2020 – By Jennifer Mitchell, Maine Public – In recent decades, farms have faced difficulties in finding enough people to work. This year, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry decided to try and do something about it with an initiative called FarmingForME, including a social media blitz, an awareness and education campaign and a new jobs web link dedicated to open farming positions.

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Meet the Canadian farmers fighting climate change

September 5, 2020 – By Sharon J. Riley, The Narwhal – Conservation and agriculture have often been at odds. But as Ottawa develops the first federal carbon offset standard, farming techniques that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are having a moment.

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How do climate change, migration and a deadly disease in sheep alter our understanding of pandemics?

September 3, 2020 – By Carson Vaughan, Ensia – For thousands of years, an unknown virus lingered quietly among the wild ruminants of South Africa. The kudu. The giraffes. The Cape buffalo. Spread by a genus of biting midges called Culicoides, the virus lived in harmony with its hosts, rarely causing disease, until the late 18th century, when farmers began importing purebred merino sheep from Europe.

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How Hunger Persists in a Rich Country Like America

September 2, 2020 – By Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, The New York Times Magazine – Beyond the pandemic emergency, there is a food crisis hidden in plain sight: Millions struggling for years to feed their families.

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Who grows our food: A conversation with 'Police'

September 1, 2020 – By Mary Bilecki, Brattleboro Reformer – More than 11 percent of farm work in Vermont is accomplished by seasonal H-2A Temporary Visa farm workers, a majority of whom are Jamaican — an estimated 400 individuals. Established in 1986 as part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the H-2A Visa Program allows agricultural businesses in the U.S. to hire temporary foreign workers for seasonal positions that they would have otherwise been unable to fill with domestic workers.

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When Fashion is Fungal

August 31, 2020 – By Jessica Wolfrom, The Washington Post – Textiles have a big carbon footprint and then clog landfills when discarded. Could biodegradable clothes be a solution?

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New Mainers group raises $367K to purchase Androscoggin County farm

August 31, 2020 – By William Hall, Mainebiz – After last week completing a $367,000 crowdfunding campaign that included over 1,500 donors, a Lewiston-based group of New Mainers plans to purchase a 104-acre farm in the nearby Androscoggin County town of Wales.

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