MOFGA Notes Mixed Results with the 2018 Farm Bill

Wins on funding for organic certification, research, new farmers and import enforcement shadowed by changes to the National Organic Standards Board. December 12, 2018 (Unity, ME) – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) generally is pleased with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), but is disheartened by significant…

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Sign up for a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training at MOFGA

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is presenting three sessions focused on the  FSMA training requirement for all covered produce growers, and recommended for all produce growers of all sizes. Who Should Attend. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, farm…

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Take Action to Save the Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

As the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives drafts language for the next Farm Bill, it is considering sweeping cuts to programs that support organic agriculture. One dire threat is significantly reducing, and possibly eliminating, the cost-share program for certified organic growers and processors. MOFGA certified organic producers benefit greatly from this program,…

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Sound and Sensible Organic Certification Video Series

A new Sound and Sensible Organic Certification video series, filmed in Washington State and developed by WSDA (Washington State Dept of Agriculture), features certified organic clients and addresses some common questions about USDA Organic regulations and the certification process. They include: Steps to Certification Preventative Practices for Organic Crop Producers Recordkeeping These videos were developed…

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More time proposed for produce water standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing extending compliance deadlines on Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) provisions for produce water standards. Finalized in 2015, the water standards aim at keeping deadly pathogens like E. coli 0157:H7 out of water used to grow crops by increasing testing and monitoring efforts. The proposed extension appeared Wednesday in the Federal…

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