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‘Maine’s Cliven Bundy’ Gets His Day in State’s Supreme Judicial Court

Outside Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court this week, Dan Brown was being celebrated as another raw milk outlaw, but inside, one justice was comparing him to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy is the guy who has refused for years to pay U.S. Bureau of Land Management fees for the right to graze his cattle on federal land…. Continue Reading

Maine’s Legal Raw Milk Business May Evade Licensing and Inspections

Raw milk regulation in the form of licensing and inspection would have gone away in Maine last year had Gov. Paul LePage not vetoed the legislation because it allowed off-the-farm sales. Opponents of raw milk licensing and inspection are back this year with a bill that limits unregulated raw milk sales to the farm and… Continue Reading

New Hampshire House Votes Down GMO Labeling Bill

Loss Makes Contiguous State Strategy Less Likely

Knitting together at least five New England states to impose labeling requirements on foods with ingredients containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) just became more elusive. That’s because in New Hampshire, the House of Representatives has voted down its version of the GMO bill by 185-162. Last year, Connecticut was the first state to adopt a… Continue Reading

Hep A Outbreak in Maine Town Curtailed by Vaccination Clinics

Health officials in Maine say the impact of a Hepatitis A scare in the town of Durham has largely been curbed, thanks to a rapid response of vaccination clinics. Only two additional cases of Hepatitis A infection have been reported after attendees at a community dinner in the Durham Friends Meetinghouse, the Tri-Town Weekly reports…. Continue Reading

Attendees at Maine Community Dinner May Have Been Exposed to Hep A

Health officials in Maine have traced a case of Hepatitis A back to a community dinner in the town of Durham. Attendees who ate at the Durham Friends Meetinghouse over the weekend of Sept. 28 have been encouraged to receive a vaccine for Hepatitis A if they have not previously been vaccinated. Approximately 100 people… Continue Reading

Employee at Maine Egg Farm Killed by Coworker

A 57-year-old employee at an egg farm in Maine was killed Monday by a coworker who was reportedly shooting at rodents and stray chickens, according to the Portland Press Herald. Police are investigating whether the shooter should be charged with criminal negligence. The shooting took place near Turner, Maine, at facilities operated by Moark Egg… Continue Reading

New England Farmers Don’t Much Care For Produce Rule

Local farmers filed into the Augusta State Armory in Maine and onto New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College campus in the past couple of days to register their opposition to the produce rule the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is promulgating as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for… Continue Reading

Two Governors Have Doubts About Going Too Far With Raw Milk

Governors in Maine and Wisconsin are using or threatening to use their big veto pens on bills to liberalize raw milk sales in their states. In Maine, it’s over. Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of “An Act to Help Small Farmers in Selling Raw Milk Products” has been upheld. The Maine Senate voted 17-16 in favor… Continue Reading