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Work to Protect Maine's Dairy Producers Continues

August 20, 2019 – On June 25th the House of Representatives passed a Fiscal Year 2020 agriculture spending bill that included a provision to level the playing field for organic dairy producers. It would require USDA to issue a final regulation on 'Origin of Livestock' – the rules for how conventional dairy cows are transitioned into organic herds – within 180 days.

Passage of the origin of livestock rule has been a priority for MOFGA as it will help level the playing field in the organic dairy industry. Some certification agencies currently interpret the USDA national organic standards as allowing for continuous transition of conventionally raised dairy cows to organic production. This is inconsistent with the organic standards, which allow a one-time conversion. This continuous conversion is viewed as a loophole that MOFGA does not support and firmly believes should be clarified and closed.

Now we need the Senate to take action to protect organic dairy producers.

 

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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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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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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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