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Have you heard about our recent work in Washington D.C.?

June 6, 2019 – The quick update is that we're working hard to get funding for critical organic programs, including helping organic dairy farmers, but we need your support for this vital work. By watchdogging our public policy, MOFGA protects the health and longevity of all farming and food production in Maine. We are incredibly proud of the more than 530 MOFGA certified organic producers, and work to encourage the growth of new farms, maintain the resilience of existing farms, and educate consumers about why it's so important to buy local organic products. Please make a gift to support MOFGA's public policy work.

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Encouraging Developments in D.C. for Organic Farmers

House takes action on origin of livestock loophole

May 23, 2019 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and our allies at the National Organic Coalition (NOC) have been working for months to encourage the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act on issues to benefit Maine’s dairy industry. The draft House agriculture appropriations bill released on May 22 is a victory on this front. Much work remains to be done, but some highlights include language that would require USDA to finalize the origin of livestock rule within 180 days and an increase in funding for the National Organic Program (NOP) to $18 million, up from $14 million.

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Ban Aerial Pesticide Spraying for Deforestation Purposes

May 21, 2019

Please Contact Members of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee
and Urge Support for
LD 1691 - An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation

Maine has an opportunity for another bold step forward in protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of synthetic pesticides. This Thursday, May 23rd, at 1:00 p.m., the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) will hold a work session on LD 1691 - An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation.

 

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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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