Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Farm Bill Myth-Busting: the Conservation Stewardship Program


October 11, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – With the 2014 Farm Bill now expired without an extension in place, all eyes are now on the congressional leaders heading up the Farm Bill Conference Committee. The Committee leaders, which include Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Member Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Mike Conaway (R-TX), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), are currently working behind the scenes in an attempt to negotiate a new bill by the end of the year.

Harvest Potluck offers networking event for homesteaders


October 2, 2018 – By Amber Kapiloff, Daily Bulldog – On Sunday, Oct. 7, local homesteaders are invited to gather at the Farmington Grange on West Bridge Street for a day of networking, skill sharing and fun as the first annual Maine Harvest Potluck gets underway.

A Bad Move That Exposes Kids to Chemicals


October 2, 2018 – By Philip J. Landrigan and Lynn R. Goldman, The New York Times – Without explaining why, the E.P.A. has sidelined its top children’s health advocate.

Death by Fertilizer


October 2, 2018 – By Nathanael Johnson, Grist – Nitrogen fertilizer is a disaster. Abandoning it would be a bigger disaster. Now a dozen billionaires are funding an alternative.

Final MSAD 1 harvest break causing uncertainty for farmers


October 2, 2018 – Anthony Brino, The County – With the harvest in full swing, Presque Isle potato farmer Shannon Staples said this year’s crop is so far looking “not bad.” More uncertain than this year’s crop, however, is the harvest workforce for years to come, as this is the last season that Presque Isle High School will break for three weeks

Our View: Economy’s future remains linked to Maine’s forests


October 1, 2018 – The Editorial Board, Portland Press Herald – Since 2010, about half of Maine’s pulp and paper mills have closed, devastating in just a few years’ time an industry that took decades to build. To many communities, it felt like the end of something.

Report: Organic producers should check out MFP


October 1, 2018 – By Jonathan Knutson, Agweek – Most U.S. organic food is grown for domestic consumers, not foreign markets. Even so, American organic producers could be eligible for up to $7.2 million in the federal government's Market Facilitation Program, according to a new report.

Auburn urged to act on agricultural zone rules


October 1, 2018 – By Andrew Rice, Sun Journal – The City Council cleared the way for a new mayor’s committee on the city’s agricultural zone, as landowners upped the pressure on officials to modernize the zoning rules.