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Full State Quarantine Proposed for Gypsy Moth

Comments Accepted until April 26, 2019

March 21, 2019 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is proposing a full state quarantine for Gypsy Moth. This proposed rule amends a state quarantine against the gypsy moth to prevent its movement from all parts of the State. This quarantine is necessary to protect other state’s forest and landscape tree resources. The Gypsy moth is also a federally regulated pest and USDA-APHIS-PPQ will mimic the full state quarantine.


CBD Law – USPS Mailing Guidelines

March 21, 2019 – By Klein Moynihan Turco LLP, Lexology – On March 4, 2019, the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) issued a guidance letter meant to address how cannabidiol (“CBD”) products may be sent via U.S. mail. This is another of many recent state and federal CBD law developments. The USPS has advised that the guidance is temporary and will be revised once the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) is fully implemented. Until then, the USPS guidance letter should be followed by those that mail CBD products.


The New England Organic Produce Conference committee announces retailer roundtable participants

March 20, 2019 – Produce Blue Book – The New England Produce Council (NEPC) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) announced the retailer participants for the roundtable session.  Brian Fleming (Stop & Shop Supermarket), Kevin Barry (Big Y Foods) and Mark Jewell (Hannaford Bros. Supermarket) will speak at the retailer roundtable on May 1st at the New England Organic Produce Conference being held at Gillette Stadium.


Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens

March 19, 2019 – By Sabrina Weiss, British Ecological Society – Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. Yet, this could come at the cost of biodiversity.


U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused man's cancer

March 19, 2019 – By Jim Christie, Reuters – A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases.


The curious case of tainted milk from a Maine dairy farm

March 19, 2019 – By Richard Valdmanis and Joshua Schneyer, Reuters – For Maine dairy farmer Fred Stone, the discovery in 2016 that his cows were producing tainted milk has since brought financial ruin and threatened to shut down a century-old family business.


Public health experts aim to stop spreading of sludge

March 19, 2019 – By Kevin Miller, Portland Press Herald – Public health advocates on Tuesday called for Maine to ban the use of municipal sludge as fertilizer and to phase out an industrial chemical that has ruined an Arundel farmer’s livelihood and contaminated a public water source.


The Dangerous Food Additive That’s Not on the Label

March 19, 2019 – By Rachel Cernansky, Civil Eats – Perchlorate, a byproduct of bleach and packaging, is found in organic, conventional, and bulk foods alike—and it has an outsized impact on children's health.