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MOFGA Certification Services LLC produced the first issue of The Organic Sprout in the winter of 2011-2012. The 12-page newsletter covers organic seed (with an organic seed resource list), certification fees, funding opportunities for certified growers, and other articles by certification and agricultural services staff.

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Why Buy Certified Organic Products?Accredited by the USDA in 2002, MOFGA Certification Services (MCS) certifies crops, wild crops, livestock, livestock products, and processed and handled agricultural products throughout Maine to USDA National Organic Standards. You can find MCS certification application materials and other useful information about organic certification at www.mofgacertification.org – or, to receive an application packet by mail, send $15 to MOFGA Certification, P.O. Box 170, Unity, ME 04988. Be sure to note the type of production you want to certify (crops, livestock, processing).

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When organic growers and organic food enthusiasts think of pesticides, many do not picture products that are allowed in organic agriculture under the National Organic Program (NOP) Rule. However, any substance used to kill or disrupt organisms (most commonly weeds, insects, rodents, bacteria and fungi) that attack crops is considered a pesticide.

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MOFGA Certification Services, LLC, is preparing for an audit this spring that should clear the way for final accreditation by USDA. MCS is one of about 20 programs around the country that is going through this second stage of review.

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The USDA will allow certification of qualifying organic body care products, pet foods and nutritional supplements. Since 2004, the USDA National Organic Program had been telling certified organic companies to remove the “USDA Organic” seal from non-food products.

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Answer: MOFGA-certified growers can check the “OMRI Brand Name Products List” that they received with their certification application this year and the “National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances.”

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This article was published in the Summer 2003 edition of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener newspaper. Read the article MOFGA.net registe...

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• MOFGA'S LLC Subsidiary Established; Accreditation Underway
• Application Reviews & Inspections Underway
• Manual, Standards & Applications Online
• Growers List Online!

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This growing season MOFGA will use organic standards set by the National Organic Program in its Rule. We have submitted our application to become a USDA accredited certifier. Certified farmers will be expected to follow the Rule. They have until October to become fully compliant. After October 21, farmers and processors who earn over $5,000 will have to be certified in order to market products as organic. If you gross less than $5,000, you do not have to be certified. You still do have to meet all of the same standards.

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At its April meeting, the MOFGA Board approved a major revision to the certification standards for organic honey and related products.

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