Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Soil Carbon Restoration

Undated – NOFA Interstate Council – Dangerous levels of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere derive not only from burning fossil fuels, but also from land use changes. In fact, some scientists estimate that two-thirds of the excess carbon in the atmosphere derive from land-use changes such as clearing forests for agriculture and tilling the soil; with every tillage pass, a portion of a soil’s organic matter (which is 57% carbon) is converted to CO2 along with some of the soil’s fixed nitrogen, which is converted to N2O (a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2).


Maine dairy farm plagued by chemical contaminants may be ‘tip of the toxic iceberg’

March 23, 2019 – By Donna Buttarazzi, Bangor Daily News – More than two years after learning drinking water and milk tanks on his 100-year-old Stoneridge Farm were contaminated with a class of chemicals linked to cancer and other health concerns, farmer Fred Stone still can’t sell his milk and is losing hundreds of dollars a day, every day.


Full State Quarantine Proposed for Gypsy Moth

Comments Accepted until April 26, 2019

March 21, 2019 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is proposing a full state quarantine for Gypsy Moth. This proposed rule amends a state quarantine against the gypsy moth to prevent its movement from all parts of the State. This quarantine is necessary to protect other state’s forest and landscape tree resources. The Gypsy moth is also a federally regulated pest and USDA-APHIS-PPQ will mimic the full state quarantine.


CBD Law – USPS Mailing Guidelines

March 21, 2019 – By Klein Moynihan Turco LLP, Lexology – On March 4, 2019, the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) issued a guidance letter meant to address how cannabidiol (“CBD”) products may be sent via U.S. mail. This is another of many recent state and federal CBD law developments. The USPS has advised that the guidance is temporary and will be revised once the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) is fully implemented. Until then, the USPS guidance letter should be followed by those that mail CBD products.