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Triple Thanks!

January 25, 2019

MOFGA recognized three people at its annual meeting on January 15, 2019.

John Bunker was honored "for his work in protecting Maine's heritage apples and bringing the Maine Heritage Orchard to fruition." A few trees in the MEHO bore their first fruits in 2018!

Scott Budde and MOFGA board member Sam May were recognized for their work on the Maine Harvest Credit Project. The two reported that they hope to open the credit union doors in mid-2019. It will be the first credit union organized around a better food system through lending to small farms and food producers.

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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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2019 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Unveiled!

January 15, 2019

A highlight during MOFGA day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show was unveiling the 2019 Common Ground Country Fair poster. The poster features two Dexter heifers posing with oats and red and crimson clover. Dexters are raised for dairy, beef and draft power, making them an excellent triple-purpose breed for homesteads. Local artist Kevin Martin of Vinalhaven created the design – an engaging and fitting image for the 43rd annual Common Ground Country Fair, September 20, 21 and 22. Posters are available through MOFGA's online Country Store.

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MOFGA Staff Changes – January 10, 2019

Ryan Dennett, previously MOFGA’s beginning farm programs coordinator, is MOFGA’s new educational programs director. “She was the stand-out candidate from a thorough process that had a very competitive national applicant pool,” says Sarah Alexander, MOFGA’s executive director, adding, “I look forward to working with Ryan in her new role, and know that her wealth of experience in managing programs at the state and national levels will propel her to success with the education department.”

We are also excited that Anna Mueller, previously our educational events coordinator, is now our farmer professional development specialist. In this role she will create more opportunities for farmer professional development by managing our new Maine Farm Resilience Program while continuing her work on current programming for farmers, including our Farmer to Farmer Conference and Farmer to Farmer in the Field.

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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.

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