Friends of Family Farmers is going on tour again to hear directly from the socially responsible FARMERS and RANCHERS that make Oregon a great place to live, farm and eat! It is time to weigh in once again (or for the first time) to ensure the Agricultural Reclamation Act (ARA) indeed addresses your most current [...]
Historically, Friends of Family Farmers has been focused at a state level for policy and legislation. A lot of the agricultural policy that directly affects farmers and ranchers in our state is set at a state level, and since no one else is a voice for sustainable agricultural or socially responsible famers and ranchers, [...]
To celebrate National Agriculture Day yesterday, over 120 farmers and ranchers and the people who love their food attended “Family Farms and Ranch Day” at the Capitol, which was hosted by Friends of Family Farmers in partnership with the Oregon Grows Partnership, Slow Food Portland, Portland Farmers’ Market, the Portland Meat Collective, the [...]
This morning we are pleased to announce that HB 2872, a bill that would allow small farmers and producers of poultry to raise, slaughter and sell their own birds directly to consumers, passed the Oregon House. There were 58 yes votes to 2 nays and there was no discussion on the House floor about the [...]
The 2011 Oregon Legislature is back in session on February 1st, and there is a lot to watch this year related to our food and agriculture laws. As a direct result of both the Agricultural Reclamation Act information and the Food and Farm Forum in Southern Oregon, Representative Buckley introduced the Friends of Family Farmers [...]
Since our presentation to the Board of Agriculture on the Agricultural Reclamation Act in June, 2010 we have been in continued dialogue with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and their advisory Board of Agriculture. In August, we sent in comments from farmers and ranchers on specific experiences they have had with the ODA. We [...]
Farm Aid has published a national report on how family farmers are staying viable and propping up our economy, a perfect compliment to FoFF’s Agricultural Reclamation Act for Oregon. Read more about it on the Farm Aid website.
Ken and Susan Muller, from Rogue Valley Brambles in Talent, got an Op-Ed published in the April 21st edition of The Oregonian. Entitled “Agricultural regulation: For Oregon’s farms, one size doesn’t fit all” Ken and Susan speak of their participation in the Agricultural Reclamation Act and how the status quo is not working; there is [...]
On Sunday February 28th, over 70 Farmer & Rancher Delegates, representing communities from across the state, came together for the first annual Farmer and Rancher Delegation. Participants gathered to voice their support for the Agriculture Reclamation Act or “ARA” for Oregon, a road map for future food and agricultural policy, which prioritizes family-scale farms and [...]
The New Year is starting with a bang! Friends of Family Farmers is on the road again.
This week begins with InFARMation (and Beer!) and its one year anniversary on Tuesday, January 12th. Anthony and Carol Boutard from Ayers Creek Organic Farm return to give us a bird’s eye view of the policy issues family farmers [...]