The Portland Business Journal covered the June 5, 2013 Oregon Board of Agriculture meeting where specialty seed growers and buyers urged the Oregon Department of Agriculture to withdraw its controversial rule allowing canola into the Willamette Valley in light of the economic fallout from the discovery of genetically engineered wheat in eastern Oregon. From the [...]
In April 2013, Friends of Family Farmers, Center for Food Safety, Universal Seed Company and Wild Garden Seed filed a new lawsuit challenging the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s controversial new canola rule that threatens farmers across the Willamette Valley. Meanwhile, on April 18, the Oregon House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee advanced a bill to [...]
The Capital Press covered the passage of HB 2700, aka ‘Aggie Bonds,’ through the Oregon House Agriculture Committee in an April 9, 2013 article. From the piece:
Known as the “aggie bonds” bill after a federal program by the same name, House Bill 2700 allows private lenders to earn federal tax-exempt interest on loans [...]
oFF was honored to receive a Local Hero Award in the non-profit category by the Edible Portland magazine. This award focuses on the people and businesses who are setting high standards with their environmental and social practices, high quality, regional economic impact, and commitment to building a robust food system in the Pacific Northwest. All [...]
Capital Press coverage from March 18, 2013 of FoFF’s rally at the State Capitol. Over 150 family farmers and their supporters attended the event. From the article:
The members of Friends of Family Farmers visited lawmakers, set up a mini-farmers’ market in the Capitol Galleria and held a rally on the Capitol steps.
Among speakers [...]
Coverage of FoFF’s legislation (HB 2700) to create a first-ever Beginning Farmer and Rancher Loan Program in Oregon in the Eugene Weekly from February 21, 2013.
from the article:
“I’m cautiously optimistic we’re going to get this done this year,” says Ivan Maluski, policy director for the Molalla-based Friends of Family Farmers, which is [...]
Capital Press, December 17th: ODA announces new canola proposal
Portland Tribune, December 13th: Farmers fight hoe to hoe over right to grow canola
Capital Press, November 13th: Coba Nears 10-Year Anniversary as Director of ODA
Capital Press, October 18th: Canola Comment Period Extended
Corvallis Gazette Times, September 29th: Valley Divided on Canola Plan
Statesman Journal, September [...]
In August 2012, Friends of Family Farmers, the Center for Food Safety, and several specialty seed growers jointly filed suit challenging ODA’s temporary rule that would irreparably harm the state’s organic agriculture production and specialty and clover seed industries.
“We had no other option than to go to the courts,” said Leah Rodgers, Field Director for [...]
From August, 14, 2012 – organic vegetable seed grower Frank Morton with Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath makes a compelling case against allowing canola into the Willamette Valley. You can view his piece in the Oregonian here
Raw milk producers and consumers are organizing as the controversy around the lawful sale of raw milk products continues to heat up in the media. Jim Krahn, Executive Director of Oregon Dairy Farmers Association, announced on May 20th, 2012 in the Oregonian their plans to push for a “crackdown” to strengthen regulations or eliminate sales of [...]