Tag: 2021 Policy News

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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Legislature Embraces Maine Healthy Soils Program

Signals Commitment to Agricultural Resilience in the Struggle Against Climate Change Maine State House — Yesterday, Maine’s House of Representatives followed the lead of the Senate, voting unanimously to support LD 437 – An Act To Establish the Maine Healthy Soils Program. Broad bipartisan support for healthy soils indicates an increasing awareness of the critical

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Take Action on Pesticides

This year we are marking the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of MOFGA. MOFGA has been engaged in legislative actions from its inception and pesticides action has been at the core of that work. This year we have an opportunity to make significant changes to pesticides policy in the state and we need your

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Aerial Spraying Update

Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC) announced its common agenda for climate and environment legislation. Senate President Troy Jackson is leading the charge on one of the EPC’s priority bills: “LD 125: An Act To Prohibit the Aerial Spraying of Glyphosate and Other Synthetic Herbicides for the Purpose of Silviculture.” Glyphosate is linked to serious health

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Maine Healthy Soils Program Update

Take action to encourage your legislators to support this legislation. LD 437 – An Act To Establish the Maine Healthy Soils ProgramSponsored by Senator Stacy BrennerSummary: This is MOFGA’s top legislative priority and we’re working closely with Maine Farmland Trust and the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club to advance this important bill. Maintaining soil organic

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MOFGA’s Public Policy Platform

We’re excited to share our new public policy platform, which prioritizes six policy areas: Climate & Energy Farm Viability Human Health & Environment Organic Integrity Organic Research & Education; and Social Justice & Equity. We’re developing legislative campaigns around specific bills focusing on: healthy soils and farmland protection; farm markets; per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on

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