Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Ordinance needs new vote for not filing with state

July 23, 2020 – By Anne Berleant, The Weekly Packet – A 2-1 margin victory on July 14 for proponents of the Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystem Ordinance was short lived after the force behind the ordinance, Rick Traub, learned that since he didn’t file the ordinance with the Maine Board of Pesticides, the 588 to 276 vote in favor is void.


FDA releases guidelines for cannabis-related research, but CBD will have to wait

July 21, 2020 – By Ciara Linnane, MarketWatch – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released preliminary guidance on Tuesday on cannabis-related clinical research, outlining how companies seeking approval of drugs that contain cannabis or its derivatives must follow the traditional drug review and approval process involving clinical trials.


The Future of Our Food Supply

July 20, 2020 – By Nicole Flatow, Bloomberg CityLab – From grocery stores and online delivery to farms and restaurants, how and where we get our food may never look the same.


Linneus farm sets up online farmer’s market for Houlton area

July 20, 2020 – By Alexander MacDougall, The County – When Clare Desrosiers first started selling her farm-raised chicken online, she found the process to be much easier and more efficient. When COVID-19 broke out, it suddenly became essential.


Farm Service seeks county committee nominations

July 20, 2020 – The County – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.



Pesticides Can Speed Up The Transmission of Deadly Waterborne Pathogens, Find Scientists

July 19, 2020 – International Business Times – A new study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health has found that the extensive use of pesticides and several other agrochemicals can expedite the transmission of a crippling disease known as schistosomiasis. According to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, ecological balances in aquatic environments, that aid in the prevention of infections, are also upset.


Organic veteran likes the results of his labor

July 17, 2020 – By Dick Hagen, The Land – Riding in the passenger seat of Dennis Lutteke’s John Deere 9620 was a delightfully comfortable environment for my interview with the 25-year certified organic farmer. Lutteke was pulling an eight-row, JD cultivator (30-inch rows) in his field a few miles north of Wells, Minn.