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.

Sheepscot Valley Young Farmer and Cows

Urge USDA Support For Organic Dairy Farms

Does this photo warm your heart? If so, it’s probably because dairy farms are the beating pulse of Maine’s agricultural landscape. While this adorable young farmer appears to have everything under control, the picture for Maine dairies is not so sweet, and organic dairy farms are struggling especially hard. Maine state and federal agencies are

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EPA Fails to Regulate PFAS Under the Clean Water Act 

In Maine we have seen firsthand the effect of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of farmland on farmers. As of January 2024, at least 59 Maine farms, both conventional and organic, have been found to be contaminated with PFAS. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has shifted our work to aid farmers

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FDA Falls Short in Regulating PFAS in Food

The chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to emerge as contaminants in agriculture. Maine farms, conventional and organic, are increasingly testing water, soil and crops to determine if PFAS contamination exists. Meaningful change will require swift federal action. Large corporations have created this problem across the United States and the rest of

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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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