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Convergence=Sustainability Conference at Agricultural Trades Show January 13
January 7, 2010
Contact: Commissioner Seth Bradstreet
AUGUSTA—One of the highlights of the 69th Agricultural Trades Show will be “Convergence=Sustainability,” a conference that focuses on bringing together Maine’s diverse farm community to work on common problems.
“Farmers can be organic or conventional, large or small. But we all face similar stresses—weather, high costs, and low prices. We all have to work together,” said Agriculture Commissioner Seth H. Bradstreet III. “We have our differences. The stakes are too high to let them divide us. We have to stand together. And this conference is designed to help with that.”
The Commissioner emphasizes that all Maine farmers share the same family values, and face the same production and marketing challenges. The mini-conference is an opportunity for organic, permaculture, biodynamic, and conventional farmers to hear from a variety of speakers on one of the big issues of the day—the co-existence of organic farming and production with genetic engineering. Experts from Minnesota, New York, and California will talk about how new farming practices must be developed that will improve the environment and feed the growing population.
The mini-conference, 12:45 pm–4:45 pm, Wednesday, January 13, at the Augusta Civic Center, will feature:
One of the outcomes for the mini-conference will be the development of a working group sponsored by the Maine Farm Bureau to address the issues raised at the conference. Relatedly, the Maine Department of Agriculture will be holding a strategic planning session for the farm community later this year.
Contact: Commissioner Seth Bradstreet, 207-287-3419.
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