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Vote YES on 1 to Support High-Speed Internet Access for Maine Farm Businesses and Families

June 25, 2020 – VOTE YES on 1. Take action now to strengthen the economy, create jobs and build access to high-speed internet in rural Maine. Question 1 on the July 14 statewide ballot gives voters a chance to support a $15 million bond to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure that will be matched by $30 million in private, federal and local support – tripling the impact of this smart investment.

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USDA Misses Origin of Livestock Deadline

June 25, 2020

In the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill, the USDA was given 180 days to implement the Origin of Livestock Rule. This deadline passed without the National Organic Program finalizing this important rule, which will help to level the playing field for organic dairy producers. MOFGA has advocated for this change and along with several coalition partners signed on to a letter urging action now. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely and to work to ensure this rule is fully implemented.

 

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Neonicotinoids Petition

Target: Maine elected officials

April 2020

The Maine legislature is current adjourned due to COVID-19, but we are collecting signatures and will deliver them to legislators when they reconvene.

Take Action To Protect Pollinators

Pollinators are critical to our food supply, but the use of pesticides like neonicotinoids are causing bees and other pollinators to die off at an unprecedented rate. Please take action to ask our elected officials to support legislation in Maine to ban the use of neonicotinoids.

SIGN THE PETITION

   

Why we need neonic restrictions

Neonicotinoids are “systemic” pesticides, which means that the chemicals move inside plants. Generally, plant roots absorb the chemicals and then the chemicals move throughout the entire plant. The poison also flows through to the pollen and nectar and is toxic to bees and other important pollinators. Research has shown that even low levels of these dangerous pesticides impair bees' ability to learn, to find their way back to the hive, to collect food, to produce new queens, and to mount an effective immune response.

While other industrialized regions of the world, including Canada and the European Union, are taking action to phase out neonics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave the green light for continued sale, and widespread use in agriculture and landscaping.

 

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MOFGA Joins Lawsuit to Sue USDA over Organic Soil-less Loophole

Organic Farming Requires Building Healthy Soils, Not Growing Food in Sterile “Hydroponic” Operations

March 4, 2020

This week we joined a coalition of groups and organic producers that have filed a lawsuit challenging the United States Department of Agriculture’s decision to allow hydroponic operations to be certified organic. We’ve been active for nearly 50 years in creating and implementing strong organic standards, which are based on building healthy soil.

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