Tag: Policy

We’re in This Together: Words of Wisdom from Russell Libby

By Tim Nason Russell Libby wrote editorials for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener during 1993 and 1994, when he served as MOFGA board president, and from 1996 to 2012 as MOFGA’s executive director. Most of the editorials targeted a specific topic, such as the use of persistent pesticides; the increase in toxins in our

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Maine Board of Pesticides Control: 2020 Recap

By Heather Spalding In 2020 the Maine Board of Pesticides (BPC) discussed pesticide residues in medical marijuana, treatment of browntail moth near marine waters, spray notification rules, and water quality monitoring during a pandemic, in addition to the board’s regular business pertaining to funding and finances, variances and special requests for pesticide uses, consent agreements

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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

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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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