Friends of Family Farmers – Promoting and Protecting Socially Responsible Farming in Oregon.

 

Farming with Draft Horses – Beginning Farmer Benefit – July 19

Horse Team Demonstration, Dinner, Silent Auction and Music to Support Scholarships for Beginning Farmers to Attend a 3-day Horse-Team Farming Workshop
Belle Mare Farm – Willamina, OR – Sunday, July 19 – 4pm to 8pm

Celebrate the craft of farming with horses at Belle Mare Farm in Willamina, OR on July, 19 [...]

 

Mid-Session Update – Salem Watch

Written April 22, 2015 (with May 4 bill updates included below)
It has been a wild few weeks in Salem. Key deadlines for legislative action occurred on April 10 and April 21, and many of FoFF’s legislative priorities are still in play. If a bill wasn’t voted out of its first committee by April 21, it [...]

 
Action Alert!  Canola is Back…

Action Alert! Canola is Back…

Remember how we won big for Oregon’s vegetable seed growers and fresh vegetable producers by keeping canola production out of the Willamette Valley in 2013? Well, canola’s back…
Send an email TODAY to stop HB 3382!
House Bill 3382 will be voted on voted on TOMORROW morning as early as 10:30 AM by the Oregon House of [...]

 

FoFF Testimony in Opposition to HB 3382 – Increasing Canola Production

Testimony in Opposition to HB 3382
House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Chair Witt, members of the Committee:
Friends of Family Farmers submits this testimony in opposition to HB 3382. This bill would would undo carefully crafted legislation from 2013 that protects the Willamette Valley’s world class specialty seed industry, as well the Valley’s clover seed, cover crop [...]

 
Farmer Rally A Huge Success as April Legislative Deadlines Approach

Farmer Rally A Huge Success as April Legislative Deadlines Approach

April 6, 2015
On Monday March 30, more than 150 farmers, ranchers and local food advocates rallied in Salem for Friends of Family Farmers’ 3rd biennial ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ day of action and education at the Capitol. You can read more about this great event in our post-rally press release here. The Salem Statesman Journal [...]

 
April 14th: Food & Farm Financing: Investing in Where You Live & What You Eat

April 14th: Food & Farm Financing: Investing in Where You Live & What You Eat

Findinfinancing for a small farm is one of the most challenging obstacles for agricultural entrepreneurs.  There aren’t many options, the options that exist are often reluctant to invest in agriculture, especially in beginning farmers,
Finding financing for a farm is one of the most challenging obstacles for agricultural entrepreneurs. Historically, the options have been limited and [...]

 
Family Farms Mean Business: Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Rally in Salem

Family Farms Mean Business: Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Rally in Salem

Over 150 Family Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Rallied at the Capitol on Monday, March 30 in Support of Strong Local Farm and Food Policies
Salem, OR: On Monday, March 30 Friends of Family Farmers hosted its 3rd biennial ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ day of education and action at the State Capitol in Salem. Over [...]

 

What you need to know for 2015 Family Farmer and Rancher Day at the Capitol!

HOWDY!
We’re so excited you’re joining Friends of Family Farmers for the third Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 30th in Salem! This email includes information about logistics, legislative issues, tips on how to lobby and contact info for organizers. Please don’t hesitate to call or email us if you have [...]

 

Tips for talking to Your Legislators

Remember you are a constituent, you have something to say, and your legislator wants to hear from you! They hear from corporate lobbyists every day and it’s refreshing for them to meet and talk with their constituents. If you can’t speak with your legislators because of scheduling conflicts, speaking with their aides is just as [...]

 
Citizens’ Guide to the Oregon Legislature Quick Facts, Resources and Vocabulary

Citizens’ Guide to the Oregon Legislature Quick Facts, Resources and Vocabulary

The Oregon Legislature’s website – http://www.oregonlegislature.gov
-  good general resource on bill and committee information; find your legislator feature
OLIS (Oregon Legislative Information System)  – https://olis.leg.state.or.us
-  more detailed bill and committee hearing tracking
Oregonian newspaper bill tracking site – http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill

Oregon Legislature basics
-  30 Senators – it takes 16 votes to pass a bill (2/3 majority for [...]

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