Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


USDA Gives Consumers Sham GMO Labeling Program for the Holidays

Creates Giant Loopholes, Encourages Barriers to Information and Confuses Terminology

December 24, 2018 – Amidst the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its final standard for labeling foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The 63-page report, entitled the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, falls far short of ensuring the public's right to know about GMO-foods.


Rising demand for grass-fed dairy viewed as market bright spot

December 24, 2018 – By Jenessa Freidhof, Leader-Telegram – The demand for grass-fed dairy products continues to grow in the U.S., a highlight in a somewhat stagnant organic market, according to University of Vermont Extension Agronomist Heather Darby. During a recent eOrganic webinar, she discussed some of the challenges facing grass-fed dairy farmers.


FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal

December 22, 2018 – By Carla K. Johnson, AP – The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop.



Report of the 2017-2018 New England Adaptation Survey for Vegetable and Fruit Growers

2018 – By Alissa White et al., Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont – This report presents a summary and preliminary statistical analysis of the results of the New England Adaptation Survey. In partnership with farmer networks and organizations across the region, 193 fruit and vegetable growers participated in the survey between November 2017 and March 2018. Drawing upon the experience of producers in the region, this survey explores emerging adaptive management strategies, perceived climate related risks, and adaptive capacity.


Organic Farmer Excited for Rye

December 21, 2018 – By Dick Wanner, Lancaster Farming – In the United States, rye is an afterthought compared to King Corn and the mighty soybean.


Organic Sales Continue to Outpace Previous Years

December 21, 2018 – Specialty Food News – Organic products now account for more than $21 billion in sales and are up nearly 9 percent in dollars and 8 percent in units, according to data from Nielsen. Today, organic products no longer cater to a singular or specific audience. The products have hit the mainstream and are being purchased more by all generational and age cohorts. However, some segments of the population are purchasing them more than others. Millennials are spending 14 percent more on organic products this year compared to last, and Hispanic consumers lead other ethnic groups, spending over 13 percent more on organic products compared to a year ago.


Why Food Insecurity Is a Global Farmworker Issue

December 21, 2018 – By Lisa Held, Civil Eats – A new United Nations report outlines how low wages, dangerous working conditions, and immigration laws undermine agricultural workers’ right to food.


Dairy farming is dying. After 40 years, I’m done.

December 21, 2018 – By Jim Goodman, The Washington Post – After 40 years of dairy farming, I sold my herd of cows this summer. The herd had been in my family since 1904; I know all 45 cows by name. I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to take over our farm — who would? Dairy farming is little more than hard work and possible economic suicide.