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Amanda Beal to Lead Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

MOFGA Hails Commissioner Nomination as Ideal Choice

January 18, 2019 (Unity, ME) – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced unbridled enthusiasm for Amanda Beal, Governor Janet Mills' choice for State Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF). This was Mills' final nomination of dynamic individuals who will lead the major departments of Maine's state government. Beal has stepped down from her role as board member of MOFGA, where she served for 14 years including two as president, and will now transition from her role as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust.

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MOFGA Staff Changes – January 10, 2019

Ryan Dennett, previously MOFGA’s beginning farm programs coordinator, is MOFGA’s new educational programs director. “She was the stand-out candidate from a thorough process that had a very competitive national applicant pool,” says Sarah Alexander, MOFGA’s executive director, adding, “I look forward to working with Ryan in her new role, and know that her wealth of experience in managing programs at the state and national levels will propel her to success with the education department.”

We are also excited that Anna Mueller, previously our educational events coordinator, is now our farmer professional development specialist. In this role she will create more opportunities for farmer professional development by managing our new Maine Farm Resilience Program while continuing her work on current programming for farmers, including our Farmer to Farmer Conference and Farmer to Farmer in the Field.

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USDA Gives Consumers Sham GMO Labeling Program for the Holidays

Creates Giant Loopholes, Encourages Barriers to Information and Confuses Terminology

December 24, 2018 – Amidst the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its final standard for labeling foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The 63-page report, entitled the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, falls far short of ensuring the public's right to know about GMO-foods.

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MOFGA Notes Mixed Results with the 2018 Farm Bill

Wins on funding for organic certification, research, new farmers and import enforcement shadowed by changes to the National Organic Standards Board

December 12, 2018 (Unity, ME) - The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) generally is pleased with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), but is disheartened by significant threats to the integrity of the National Organic Standards Board.

 

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