The Organic Sprout – Spring 2021 Issue

  The Spring 2021 issue of The Organic Sprout is here! You can access, view and download a PDF from the Adobe publishing site. Contents include Preparing for Your 2021 Inspection, Federal Organic Cost Share Update, MOFGA’s PFAS Resource Page, Organic Categories for Processed Products, NOSB updates and much more. Remember, back issues of the Sprout are…

USDA Invests More Than $330 Million in Specialty Crops Grants, Incentives to Purchase Fruits and Vegetables, Help for Cotton Producers

USDA Also Informs Dairy Producers and Processors about New Dairy Donation Program The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of more than $330 million to help agricultural producers and organizations in the food supply chain recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding announced is part of USDA’s Pandemic…

DACF News Release – Infrastructure needs survey is critical for your industry

The Maine Departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Marine Resources; and Economic and Community Development invite you to help identify how best to support your industry, should any federal or state funding become available to support investment in Maine’s heritage industries.  For this survey’s purpose, please consider infrastructure and innovation needs to include: transportation, storage,…

Applications open for Maine Farm Emergency Grants, Round Two

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) are offering emergency grants to assist farmers impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis, including those who have experienced sales losses, increased expenses and/or other challenges during 2020, and who anticipate needing to make further changes and adjustments for 2021.  After offering an initial…

The Organic Sprout – Fall 2020 Issue

The Fall 2020 issue of The Organic Sprout is here! You can access it and view or download a PDF from this link: https://indd.adobe.com/view/fa6c0648-c7ce-4e2f-83cf-633c72a4a0e9/ Contents include the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule, the 2020 drought variance, using mediation to prevent a crisis, NOP updates and much more. Remember, back issues of the Sprout are also available on the MCS…

Maine to Use Pandemic CARES Act Funding to Support Farmers, Agriculture Producers who Invested in E-commerce

AUGUSTA – Nov 17, 2020. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) will use federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support farmers and agricultural producers impacted by COVID-19, DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal announced today. “Adapting and meeting the challenges of market disruptions caused by COVID-19 prompted many farmers to…

Emergency Drought Assistance

Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, and Washington Counties are eligible for emergency drought assistance from the Farm Service Agency For drought assistance, start by contacting your local USDA Farm Service Center.  Farmers in Maine’s eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration, September 11, to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency…