Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Organic produce sales continue to climb


August 22, 2018 – By Ashley Nickle, Produce Retailer – Sales of organic fruit, vegetables and herbs and spices totaled $1.4 billion in the second quarter of 2018, up 4.7%.

Trump Administration Proposes to Uproot Ag Research


August 22, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – August in the capital is typically quiet; when legislators head home for the August recess, those of us who work in the world of federal agricultural policy are given a brief respite from an otherwise breakneck cycle of news and deadlines. This year, however, is not following traditional cycles. Faced with an ever-growing to-do list, the Senate took an extremely truncated recess and is officially back in session for the rest of the month. With the 2014 Farm Bill set to expire on September 30, legislators and House and Senate Agriculture Committee staff are working feverishly behind the scenes to get a farm bill negotiated on time.

New Americans help West Falmouth farm flourish


August 22, 2018 – By Kate Irish Collins, The Forecaster – Amaranth, roselle and African eggplant are not commonly known crops in Maine, but they’re all being grown locally this summer under a new partnership between the Falmouth Land Trust and Cultivating Community.

a2 Milk rolls out at Walmart: ‘It’s a real validation of our business proposition’


August 22, 2018 – By Elaine Watson, Food Navigator – Tummy-friendly brand a2 Milk is now in more than 6,000 stores in the US, including Walmart. However, the reception from the wider dairy industry has been "lukewarm at best," claims its US CEO Blake Waltrip: 'There's an irrational fear that this is somehow going to vilify milk, when in fact it’s going to bring consumers back to milk."

Association of Frequency of Organic Food Consumption With Cancer Risk

Findings From the NutriNet-Santé Prospective Cohort Study


October 22, 2018 – By Julia Baudry et al., JAMA Internal Medicine – A higher frequency of organic food consumption was associated with a reduced risk of cancer; if the findings are confirmed, promoting organic food consumption in the general population could be a promising preventive strategy against cancer.

Maine's wild blueberry industry at crossroads


August 21, 2018 – By Dennis M. Rettke, Fresh Plaza – Maine is in the midst of its wild blueberry season right now. Pickers are busy raking bushes and packing berries. It's been a tough summer though with unusually high temperatures along with a lack of rain. Indeed, growers of highbush berries in some parts have already finished for the year. "The intense heat this summer has shortened our picking season because the berries ripened so fast," said one grower.