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USDA Misses Origin of Livestock Deadline

June 25, 2020

In the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill, the USDA was given 180 days to implement the Origin of Livestock Rule. This deadline passed without the National Organic Program finalizing this important rule, which will help to level the playing field for organic dairy producers. MOFGA has advocated for this change and along with several coalition partners signed on to a letter urging action now. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely and to work to ensure this rule is fully implemented.

 

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No Maine Farm Should Go Out Of Business During This Pandemic

We need local, sustainable agriculture more than ever. Here's how to make that happen.

March 26, 2020

By Sarah Alexander, MOFGA Executive Director
SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

As we figure out how to deal with day-to-day life during the coronavirus pandemic, we can be sure of one thing: We all need access to healthy, nutrient-dense food to help maintain our personal health.

 

 

 

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Take Action on Origin of Livestock

October 30, 2019

MOFGA has positive news to report on our work to fight for organic integrity: The USDA is taking action to finalize the Dairy Origin of Livestock (OOL) rule. This rule is a critical step in ensuring that all organic dairy producers play by the same rules, and once the rule is implemented, it will ensure that conventional dairy herds can be transitioned to organic only one time, rather than the continuous transition that some certifiers currently allow.

 

 

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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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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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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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