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Organic Farming Pioneer Russell Libby Dies

MOUNT VERNON -  A lifelong crusader for organic farming in the state of Maine has passed away.  
Russell Libby was longtime director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.  
He died Saturday after a year-long battle with cancer.  
Libby was at the forefront of the local food movement, arguing since 1977 that small farms are essential to Maine's long-term stability. 
The organic farm operator was active in local government, serving as a selectman in the town of Mount Vernon.  
He leaves a wife and three daughters. 

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