|It’s Unanimous: Board of Environmental Protection Formalizes Decision on BPA|
Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine - 1/24/2013. Augusta - After seven months of public hearings, scientific presentations, and technical analysis, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously this morning to replace the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in infant formula and baby food packaging with safer alternatives. Now the rule will go to the Maine Legislature for review.
|34 States Shut out of Organic Farm Program by Congress and White House|
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 1/24/2013. On Thursday, USDA published a notice in the Federal Register reminding the 16 states eligible for the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program to submit their application by February 7 for federal assistance in order to be able to provide cost-share assistance to their certified organic farmers. Those 16 states - the 12 Northeast states plus HI, NV, UT, and WY - will divide $1.5 million among their State Departments of Agriculture. Farmers in the 34 states not eligible for the AMA program are out of luck.
|2013 MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair Poster Design Winner is Grace Keown|
Portland Press Herald - 1/24/2013. By Sharon Kitchens - Keown moved to Maine in 2004 to start homesteading and living more sustainably and simply. She and her family have a farmstead in the Dixmont hills, where they are revitalizing the soil, bringing back a 90-year-old apple orchard, raising dairy goats, pigs and chickens, growing some of their own vegetables and berries organically, and supporting local agriculture and sustainability.