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Oregon task force grills federal GMO regulators

Salem Statesman Journal – 7/11/2014 – Oregon task force grills federal GMO regulators
Here’s an excerpt:
An Oregon task force studying genetically modified crops and food grilled federal regulators at its meeting Thursday, but didn’t get a lot of answers.
Ivan Maluski, director of Friends of Family Farmers, wanted to know whether federal law prohibits states from regulating genetically modified [...]


Farm Fresh Agritainment

The Portland Tribune wrote an article on the issue of agritourism in Oregon on 7/8/2014
Read Farm Fresh Agritainment
Here’s an excerpt:
“Agritourism comes in so many different flavors,” says Nellie McAdams, staff attorney for Molalla-based Friends of Family Farmers. “I do think it’s a really fine line and a balancing act.”
McAdams adds that the event fees and [...]


Aggie Bond Program Now Open for Business

The Oregon Department of Agriculture Newsroom put out a story on Oregon’s new Aggie Bond program – 4/24/2014
Read the story: Aggie Bond program now open for business
Here’s an excerpt:
The Beginning and Expanding Farmer Loan Program, better known as the Aggie Bond Program, is now up and running, ready to provide affordable financing to farmers who need [...]


First Year Farmers

The Oregonian wrote a piece on challenging facing beginning farmers in Oregon, profiling the folks at Tumbleweed Farm in Parkdale, OR who found land through FoFF’s iFarm program – Here’s the full article – 12/23/2013
and an excerpt:
In that, they are part of a small but significant movement: young people entering agriculture.
“It’s oddly similar to the [...]


Farm to School Boosts Local Agriculture

Read the article in Oregon Business magazine – Farm to School Boosts Local Agriculture, 8/27/13
From the article:
Before adjourning in early July, the Legislature gave the program a major boost: it increased funding to $1.2 million, enough for any school district to apply for funding. The first round of grant applications closed on [...]


Farmers make the case for pasture-raised animals with Pro Pasture Fridays

Author Kathleen Bauer has published an article on Friends of Family Farmers’ Pro Pasture Campaign in The Oregonian newspaper – check it out:
Farmers make the case for pasture-raised animals with Pro-Pasture Fridays campaign – July 29, 2013

From the piece:
Friends of Family Farmers, a local organization that works to support independent family farmers who [...]


2013 End of Session Press Recap – Canola, Aggie Bonds

With the passage of HB 2427, the canola bill, and HB 2700, the ‘Aggie Bonds’ Beginning Farmer and Rancher Loan Program, in late June/early July at the Oregon Legislature, small farm issues got a lot of press. Here’s a sampling:
June 25, 2013 – Oregon House approves bill to ban canola crops in the Willamette Valley, [...]


Legislative Session Gets Mixed Reviews

The Capital Press wrote a recap of the 2013 Oregon Legislative session on 7/9/2013
Read the article: Legislative session gets mixed reviews
Here’s an excerpt:
Small farms fared well this session, according to Ivan Maluski of Friends of Family Farmers, particularly in the passage of House Bill 2700, known as the “Aggie Bonds” bill.
The bill provides incentives for [...]


FoFF Wins Local Hero Award

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 [...]


Friends of Family Farmers Rally at Capitol

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 [...]

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