Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Taking stock of Gottlieb’s FDA tenure

March 6, 2019 – By Ryan McCrimmon, Politico – The surprise news that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will resign next month caught senior agency staff off-guard and dismayed food safety and public health advocates. Gottlieb was one of the administration’s most activist regulators, and his focus on nutrition issues stood out among recent FDA commissioners.


Agriculture Department Staff Given Marching Orders for Controversial Move

March 6, 2019 – By Charles S. Clark, Government Executive – Hundreds of employees of two key Agriculture Department research offices on Tuesday learned that they’re on the list to be transferred outside of Washington as part of Secretary Sonny Perdue’s disputed plan to move operations closer to farm industry stakeholders.


Building Habitat for Pollinators Means Bigger, Better Fruit

March 1, 2019 – By Emma Bryce, Anthropocene – Strawberry plants grown near to hedgerows abundant with pollinators produce larger, better quality fruit, that’s more than twice the commercial value of fruit grown in other locations, a new study finds. The research, published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment shows that integrating farmland with more hedgerows could therefore produce a double win: protecting pollinators, while also boosting agricultural yields.


Butterflies aren’t expendable. Our brittle reality depends on them, too.

March 1, 2019 – By Michael S. Engel, The Washington Post – The National Butterfly Center in Mission, Tex., encompasses 100 acres of subtropical bushlands along the banks of the Rio Grande. It’s a refuge for more than 200 species of pollinating butterflies, as well as thousands of other species — flowers, birds, mammals and countless other insects.


Re-introducing a Nutrition-Packed Berry in the Midwest

March 1, 2019 – By Lisa Waterman Gray, foodtank – Wearing a teal button-down shirt, farmer Terry Durham speaks to a dozen potential elderberry farmers amid an open field. On a brisk spring day in March his annual mentoring workshop will address what they need to know about planting and cultivating the crop while using sustainable growing practices. Participants will also take home a flat of starter plants.