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Demand for Certified Organic Slaughter in Maine
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
October 28, 2016
In 2016, MOFGA Certification Services, LLC certified over 500 organic producers in Maine and New England; of which about 125 are livestock focused farms. Seventeen certified organic livestock farmers contributed to this report, or 14%. It is also important to note that this report does not include the potential demand for organic slaughter services and facilities represented by newly certified and soon-to-be certified organic livestock farmers. Still, we see a substantial demand for organic slaughter services even represented by this small sample size.
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Video Content Tips & Tricks for Social Media
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
August 10, 2016
With today's accessible smart phone technology, it is easy and inexpensive to create video content for use on social media like Facebook and Instagram. You can easily shoot a video and upload it directly to a social media site, no editing needed. However, there are also many cheap or free video editing apps available that can help your videos be a little more professional and expressive.
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Run a Farm? Here's How to Get the Right Insurance
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
August 10, 2016
Farm insurance is a key part of running your business and protecting your family. The challenge comes in knowing which policy offering what coverage and which price from which insurance company is right for you.
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Certified Organic, Maine Carrot Enterprise Budgets
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
January 8, 2016
The intent of these enterprise budgets is to provide a benchmark for farmers who are interested in evaluating the profitability of scaling up carrot production. This should not be used as a substitute for creating enterprise budgets that are specific to your own production and business realities. Read more...

Low Income Access for Certified Organic Farms
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
January 8, 2016
Did you know that almost 15% of Maine's population in 2015 received federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps, now SNAP) benefits? More broadly, over 16% of Maine's households are considered food insecure by the USDA, more than 208,000 Maine people. Perhaps most terrifying is the fact that 24% of Maine's children, almost 1 in 4, are food insecure. Many farmers throughout the state have come up with creative means to help low income Mainers in their community access healthy, Maine-grown, certified organic food. Read more...

Whole Farm Revenue Insurance An Option for Diversified Farms
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
August 11, 2015
For many years, there has been no successful solution for diversified, organic farms in terms of crop insurance. If you want to insure a few high value crops, you can use catastrophic plans, but this is far from providing comprehensive risk management. In March 2015, Whole Farm Revenue Insurance came out of the new Farm Bill. Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) was created as a solution for diversified farms and is not crop based (besides not being available for the traditional Crop Insurance crops like potatoes, blueberries, corn, etc.), but is based on the yearly revenue for your farm. Read more...

Update to our Whole Foods Market Mixer Report
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
August 11, 2015
There has been substantial concern from MOFGA and certified organic producers nationwide about Whole Foods' new "Responsibly Grown" rating system for their products. Will it confuse consumers? How will it relate to the Certified Organic label? Etc. Read more...

Whole Foods Market Mixer Report Out
By Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing and Business Coordinator
April 20, 2015
On March 26th, 2015 MOFGA and Whole Foods Market hosted the Whole Foods Market Mixer, which proved to be a very informative event. Whole Foods brought several representatives, including three folks from the Portland store. They provided information about the process of becoming a vendor, their expectations and needs for vendors, and their emphasis on relationship building with local farmers. Read more...


    

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