Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Organic Farming Advocate Enid Wonnacott Dies at 57

January 21, 2019 – By Melissa Pasanen, Seven Days – Enid Wonnacott, longtime executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and a deeply committed advocate for organic farming and the agricultural community at large, died Saturday morning at her home in Huntington surrounded by family and close friends.


Governor Mills Selects Amanda Beal, President of Maine Farmland Trust, to Lead Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

January 20, 2019 – Office of Gov. Janet T. Mills – Governor Janet Mills announced today that she will nominate Amanda Beal to serve as the state’s next Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Beal, who grew up on a dairy farm in Litchfield and is an expert in agriculture and sustainability, will be the first woman to lead the department.


This book puts you in rural Maine in the 1800s

January 19, 2019 – By George Smith, Bangor Daily News – Deborah Gould has written two books that help us experience life in rural Maine from 1820 to 1920. Published by Maine Authors Publishing, The Eastern, Books One and Two, focus on rural Pittston, Maine and surrounding towns, where farms were plentiful until the 1900s when kids started moving away for better jobs.


Mills chooses head of farmland preservation group as agricultural commissioner

Amanda Beal grew up on a dairy farm and has served as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust since 2016.

January 18, 2019 – By Kevin Miller, The Portland Press Herald – Gov. Janet Mills has nominated the head of Maine Farmland Trust to serve as commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


Pelosi releases names of new House ag appointees

January 18, 2019 – The Hagstrom Report, the Fence Post – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., late Wednesday released a list of 14 new Democratic members of the House Agriculture Committee and three Democrats who have won seats on the committee despite the fact that they also serve on what are regarded as more important committees.


The complex architecture and epigenomic impact of plant T-DNA insertions

January 18, 2019 – By Florian Jupe et al., PLoS ONE – We discovered that insertion of the anticipated DNA fragment occurred as multiple concatenated full and partial fragments that led in some cases to intra- and interchromosomal rearrangements. Our analysis of the epigenetic landscapes showed variable effects from silencing of the integrated foreign DNA to alterations of chromatin marks and thus chromatin structure and functionality.


As Brazilian agribusiness booms, family farms feed the nation

January 17, 2019 – By Anna Sophie Gross, Mongabay – Brazil’s “Agricultural Miracle” credits industrial agribusiness with pulling the nation out of a recent economic tailspin, and contributing 23.5 percent to GDP in 2017. But that miracle relied on a steeply tilted playing field, with government heavily subsidizing elite entrepreneurs.