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Organic Certification During the COVID 19 Pandemic

  By Chris Grigsby, Director, MOFGA Certification Services LLC The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic has caused tremendous disruption to so many aspects of our daily lives, including our food system. MOFGA Certification Services (MCS) has also had to shift the organic certification process due to the regulatory requirements. The USDA National Organic

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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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Twenty Years Later

By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. I have worked for MOFGA for a long time, but I usually let each anniversary of my starting date pass without celebration – because of mixed feelings. I really love the job of being the organic “extension” guy, and I have a great time working with all the MOFGA folks day

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MOFGAQuestions Proposed Animal ID System

Livestock Health Workshop By Diane Schivera The U.S. Department of Agriculture, working closely with livestock industry representatives, has proposed a system that would require all farms in the country to be registered and all animals to have a formal identification system. The National Animal ID System (NAIS), as proposed, would require that all premises in

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Farm Service seeks county committee nominations

July 20, 2020 – The County – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. More links Farm Service seeks county committee nominations

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USDA Hasn’t Helped Small Farmers in Pandemic, Lawmakers Say

July 14, 2020 – By By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming – The USDA has ignored small diversified farms in its $16 billion coronavirus relief program despite specific instructions from Congress to help them, said two U.S. lawmakers on Monday. Wheat growers said they deserved broader coverage, including payments on this year’s crop. The USDA has

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Maple syrup producers push for federal assistance

July 10, 2020 – By Andrea Swiedon, Sun Journal – The long-term effects of the coronavirus on the maple syrup industry are becoming more clear with a flooded wholesale market and usual retail outlets halted. The Maine Maple Association and Maine delegates have petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider maple syrup as an

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USDA proposes organic enforcement rule, suggests user fees

July 9, 2020 – By Tom Karst, Ag Web – A proposed rule will revise U.S. Department of Agriculture organic regulations to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products, according to the agency. More links USDA proposes organic enforcement rule, suggests user fees

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