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Federal Policy

MOFGA monitors policy developments in Congress and advocates for sensible policy that supports family farms, promotes organic production methods, defends appropriate standards in the National Organic Program, and increases consumer access to organic local foods. MOFGA works in partnership with organizations in Maine and across the country. In addition, MOFGA’s Agricultural Services staff monitors and

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Keynote Address First Lady Karen Baldacci

Our Future Is In Sustainable Agriculture First Lady Karen Baldacci has worked hard to promote Maine foods and healthful eating. She gardens and saves seeds at the Blaine House. English photo. Maine’s First Lady, Karen Baldacci, was Common Ground’s keynote speaker on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006.  Russell Libby, executive director of MOFGA, introduced her, explaining

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National Animal ID Addressed at Common Ground

by Alice Percy Recent articles in several publications devoted to small-scale farming and homesteading have strongly criticized the USDA’s proposed National Animal Identification System.  Consequently many people have contacted MOFGA over the past year asking what effects the system might have on their operations and how they should respond to any attempts by the Maine

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From the Farm to the Hill: NSAC Hosts FY 2020 Farmer Fly-in

July 10, 2019 – National Sustainable Agriculture Society – Last week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) brought in over a dozen farmers and advocates for the Coalition’s second “farmer fly-in” of 2019. Fly-in advocates from ten different states across the country came to DC to champion the federal programs important to them and their

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Ordinance needs new vote for not filing with state

July 23, 2020 – By Anne Berleant, The Weekly Packet – A 2-1 margin victory on July 14 for proponents of the Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystem Ordinance was short lived after the force behind the ordinance, Rick Traub, learned that since he didn’t file the ordinance with the Maine Board of Pesticides, the 588 to

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Vermont just banned food waste in trash. Here’s how it works

July 6, 2020 – By Kristin Toussaint, Fast Company – Vermonters can no longer simply toss their food into trash cans. Under a new law that went into effect at the start of the month, residents are now required to compost any unfinished food—including inedible scraps like peels, egg shells, and pits—in their yard or

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Potential for Carbon Markets in Agriculture to Address Climate Change

June 9, 2020 – By Tara Ritter and Cristel Zoebisch, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – This is the second blog in a series that will be focusing on specific provisions included in the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA) introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) in February 2020. ARA represents the first comprehensive piece of legislation introduced

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