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Amanda Beal to Lead Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

MOFGA Hails Commissioner Nomination as Ideal Choice

January 18, 2019 (Unity, ME) – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced unbridled enthusiasm for Amanda Beal, Governor Janet Mills' choice for State Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF). This was Mills' final nomination of dynamic individuals who will lead the major departments of Maine's state government. Beal has stepped down from her role as board member of MOFGA, where she served for 14 years including two as president, and will now transition from her role as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust.

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Mills chooses head of farmland preservation group as agricultural commissioner

Amanda Beal grew up on a dairy farm and has served as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust since 2016.

January 18, 2019 – By Kevin Miller, The Portland Press Herald – Gov. Janet Mills has nominated the head of Maine Farmland Trust to serve as commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

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French Court Cancels Monsanto Weedkiller Permit on Safety Grounds

January 15, 2019 – By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Gus Trompiz, Reuters, The New York Times – A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, placing an immediate ban on Roundup Pro 360 in the latest legal blow to the Bayer-owned business.

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These 10 States Grow the Nation’s Organic Food

January 15, 2019 – By Paul Ausick, 24/7 Wall St. – The Lower 48 states cover about 1.9 billion acres of land in what can only be described as a patchwork of cities, farmland, rangeland and public lands. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, cropland accounts for about 392 million acres, while pasture and rangeland account for 654 million acres. Nearly all the land west of a line along the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico – just over a third of all the land in the lower 48 states – is pasture and rangeland. Cropland accounts for just over 20% of the land in the Lower 48.

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Organic makes headway at retail

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – As consumers set out to eat healthier, more and more organic produce seems to be popping up on supermarket shelves.

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New organic items trending

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – Watermelon radishes, proprietary apple varieties and snack-size veggies are just a few of the latest offerings available from innovative organic produce grower-shippers.

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