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MOFGA Celebrates Landmark PFAS Policies

MOFGA is celebrating landmark policies enacted two weeks ago by Maine’s Legislature. With bipartisan support, two bills address the devastating problem of farmland contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), often referred to as forever chemicals due to their persistence and prevalence in contaminating human health and the environment. One bill stops the practice of

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Impacted Farm Businesses Urge Legislators to Pass LD 1911

The bill would ban the spreading of PFAS-contaminated sludge on Maine farmland, a key step in stemming further contamination of Maine land and water.  The extent of contamination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to Maine farmland and water continues to come to light across the state. The contamination on farms that have come forward

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A Win for Maine’s Organic Farmers

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final Origin of Livestock Rule for organic farmers. USDA’s publishing of this rule signals a long-awaited win for organic farms in Maine and is something that a coalition of advocacy groups and farmers has been recommending for several years. “This will

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Apply Now for the Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship Awards

Each year, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) awards three scholarships in the amount of $1,500, one in each of the following categories: MOFGA Journeyperson program participant (past or present). Maine high school senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming (with a preference for colleges in Maine). Kennebec Valley Community College student

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Maine Organic Dairy Farms Offered New Market Opportunity

On Monday March 7, representatives from organic dairy farms, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Organic Valley Cooperative met, and 11 farms were offered letters of intent from Organic Valley to supply the cooperative with organic milk. This is an encouraging step in the journey of these farms, and 69 others throughout

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PFAS Resources

To learn more about PFAS contamination in Maine, check out our resources page. We continue to update it with information for farmers and gardeners, and the general public. To support farmers dealing with potential PFAS contamination, MOFGA is working with Maine Farmland Trust to administer a PFAS emergency fund. It is meant to serve as a

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Time for an Intervention with Pesticide Regulators: 60 Years After “Silent Spring,” We Need Systemic Change

by Heather Spalding, MOFGA Deputy Director The past legislative session in Augusta generated some important victories in Maine’s pesticide regulation arena. We banned chlorpyrifos, restricted landscape use of neonicotinoids (neonics), prohibited the use of glyphosate and dicamba on school grounds, and reformed the composition of the Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), establishing that there will

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Spring 2022 Issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

The 2022 spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, MOFGA’s quarterly newspaper, is now available. In it, Roberta Bailey shares wild spring recipes in her Harvest Kitchen column, and Will Bonsall talks tomatoes. Other tips for the farm and homestead include how to identify flower flies — and why you’ll want to encourage

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