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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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Take Action on Origin of Livestock

October 30, 2019

MOFGA has positive news to report on our work to fight for organic integrity: The USDA is taking action to finalize the Dairy Origin of Livestock (OOL) rule. This rule is a critical step in ensuring that all organic dairy producers play by the same rules, and once the rule is implemented, it will ensure that conventional dairy herds can be transitioned to organic only one time, rather than the continuous transition that some certifiers currently allow.

 

 

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Work to Protect Maine's Dairy Producers Continues

August 20, 2019 – On June 25th the House of Representatives passed a Fiscal Year 2020 agriculture spending bill that included a provision to level the playing field for organic dairy producers. It would require USDA to issue a final regulation on 'Origin of Livestock' – the rules for how conventional dairy cows are transitioned into organic herds – within 180 days.

Passage of the origin of livestock rule has been a priority for MOFGA as it will help level the playing field in the organic dairy industry. Some certification agencies currently interpret the USDA national organic standards as allowing for continuous transition of conventionally raised dairy cows to organic production. This is inconsistent with the organic standards, which allow a one-time conversion. This continuous conversion is viewed as a loophole that MOFGA does not support and firmly believes should be clarified and closed.

Now we need the Senate to take action to protect organic dairy producers.

 

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Farmer Autonomy, Consumer Choice and Science-based Regulation

April 6, 2014 – MOFGA supports collaboration within the agricultural community to identify and create a food system that is not only safe, but also allows farmers to meet the demand for local foods without excessive government regulation. This position statement is intended to clarify MOFGA’s policy on farmer and consumer market autonomy in relation to the public’s need for predictably safe food.

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National Animal Identification System - NAIS

March 12, 2009 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) strongly opposes the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The program proposes that livestock farmers register their premises, identify all newborn animals and flocks, and track movements of new animals from one owner to another. It is intended to cover every place where farmers keep livestock – from huge feedlots and confinement dairies with 20,000 animals or more, to small backyards where families keep three chickens to produce fresh eggs for themselves.

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