Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Federal Policy

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MOFGA monitors policy developments in Congress and advocates for sensible policy that supports family farms, promotes organic production methods, defends appropriate standards in the National Organic Program, and increases consumer access to organic local foods. MOFGA works in partnership with organizations in Maine and across the country.

In addition, MOFGA's Agricultural Services staff monitors and comments upon issues of regulatory oversight, specifically to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Ag Services Agricultural Policy

Encouraging Developments in D.C. for Organic Farmers

House takes action on origin of livestock loophole

May 23, 2019 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and our allies at the National Organic Coalition (NOC) have been working for months to encourage the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act on issues to benefit Maine’s dairy industry. The draft House agriculture appropriations bill released on May 22 is a victory on this front. Much work remains to be done, but some highlights include language that would require USDA to finalize the origin of livestock rule within 180 days and an increase in funding for the National Organic Program (NOP) to $18 million, up from $14 million.

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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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