Public Policy Blog

Stay up to date with MOFGA's policy work.

MOFGA’s policy blog provides updates on various issues and policy initiatives that we’re tackling at local, state, national and, occasionally, international levels.

2023 State Legislation

Bills That MOFGA Followed In The 2023 Maine Legislative Session Below is a summary of the state legislation that MOFGA focused on in 2023. Appropriations Bill # Title Summaries MOFGA Position MOFGA Testimony Status LD 258 Governor Mills’ Supplemental Budget Budget appropriations for fiscal years ending June 30, 2023, June 30, 2024 and June 30,

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MOFGA Public Policy Updates

As the winter 2023-2024 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener goes to press, unprecedented geopolitical events are creating new and daunting challenges for our work to create a food system that is fair and healthy for everyone. The world’s food and agriculture systems show the effects of war, famine, industrial pollution, disease, weather

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Soil is Key to Organic Production

MOFGA Certification Services, LLC has joined forces with five other leading organic certification organizations to release an official statement emphasizing the fundamental importance of soil-based farming for USDA Organic operations. MOFGA Certification Services, LLC has collaborated with OneCert, Inc., OneCert International Pvt. Ltd., Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Certification, Vermont Organic Farmers LLC

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PFAS in Maine- What We Know Now

The chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been widely used since the 1950s in products ranging from food packaging to fire fighting foam. PFAS have recently been recognized as contaminants in agriculture and are believed to largely be entering soil through the application of biosolids, industrial sludges and ashes, which may contain

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Maine Supports Right to Food Amendment

MOFGA expressed great enthusiasm for passage of Question 3, which amends Maine’s constitution to ensure that citizens have the right to grow, raise, harvest and produce food, as long as they don’t commit trespassing, theft, poaching, or abuses to private land, public land, or natural resources. This is the first-in-the-nation right to food amendment enshrined

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2021 Maine Referendums

MOFGA endorses Question 1 and Question 3 on the ballot of this year’s election (Tuesday, November 2, 2021). Question 1 would prohibit construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region, including the New England Clean Energy Connect (commonly referred to as the CMP Corridor), and require a two-thirds vote in the Maine

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Maine Farmers Support Build Back Better Act

Call For Climate-Friendly Infrastructure Investments In Our Food System September 27, 2021 Today farmers from across Maine expressed strong support for provisions in the Build Back Better Act, currently under consideration in Congress. Calling for big and bold infrastructure investments in climate-smart food and agriculture systems, 235 farmers signed a letter to Senator Collins, Senator

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Climate Change in Maine

The Problem, the Response and What All of Us Can Do September 2020 Climate Change in Maine – View or download our 4-page resource guide Researchers continue to amass a tidal wave of scientific evidence showing the inextricable links between industrial activities and chaotic weather patterns. It’s getting harder to deny that planet Earth is warming

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