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Agronomist to Lecture on Pesticide’s Problems

July 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr. Michael McNeill

Dr. Michael McNeill, of Algona, Iowa, will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2012, in the Bowdoin Maine Lounge at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. McNeill’s lecture is titled “Genetically Modified – In the News and On Your Plate.”  Through the presentation of extensive peer-reviewed scientific research, explained in a manner understandable to farmers, consumers and lay persons,  McNeill will present an examination of the agronomic and food security problems associated with an overuse of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

McNeill is President of Ag Advisory LTD, an Iowa company that provides agronomic consulting services to farmers.  He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Statistical Genetics from Iowa State University.  His company advises on individual farm plans – organic and conventional – with an emphasis on healthy biological soil management.  McNeill serves as an expert legal witness on livestock and plant diseases.  His farm provides contract research capability for agricultural businesses and government on soil fertility, soil tillage, plant disease and insect control.  His career includes a position as Research Biologist with the U.S. Army where he studied soybean and corn diseases.

In 2011, McNeill was one of a select group of scientists, including plant pathologist and retired U.S. Army Colonel and germ warfare expert, Dr. Donald Huber, from Purdue University, who traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials.  There, the scientists expressed grave concern and urged caution based on observations from on-going research which shows serious negative consequences from the overuse of the herbicide Roundup which is extensively used with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO, or human engineered, crops such as corn and soybeans.

“Last winter, I was fortunate to have heard Dr. McNeill deliver this same lecture in Bangor,” said Jim Gerritsen, an organic farmer from Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater.  “His lecture was so powerful and so well-documented, and the content so crucial for our families and to the food security of our country, that we immediately developed plans for bringing Dr. McNeill back to Maine, so that he could speak to additional audiences including here in Aroostook County.”

He will speak in Starks at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 (Maine Alternative Agriculture Association, 699 Anson Road) and Friday, July 13, at the University of Maine Presque Isle Campus Center from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

McNeill’s Presque Isle lecture is being sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Maine Alternative Agriculture Association, Wood Prairie Farm Education Fund, and Slow Food Aroostook. Attendance is free and open to the public. All are welcome and invited to attend.


July 12, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bowdoin Maine Lounge
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