After long delays, the 2013 Farm Bill debate has finally begun in Washington, DC. Friends of Family Farmers has been teaming with allied groups across the nation, including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the National Organic Coalition to advocate for Farm Bill provisions that support family farms, sustainable agriculture, natural resource protection, and programs [...]
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This past legislative session, small farm, public interest and organic food producers and supporters cheered the demise of SB 633, known [...]
Oregon US Senator Jeff Merkley is working hard to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act, which was secretly stuck in a must-pass end-of-year spending bill in the final days of 2012. This provision, which lasts until September 2013, allows corporations to sell genetically engineered seeds even when federal courts have blocked them from doing so. With [...]
Despite the continued opposition to relaxing canola restrictions, the Oregon Department of Agriculture adopted a permanent canola rule on Thursday, February 7th. There will be no additional public comment periods and it goes into effect immediately. The Willamette Valley protected district has been divided into two zones; one in the center of the Valley where no canola [...]
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 [...]
(Tune: The Battle Hymn of the Republic) Copyright, Christine Robins, 2012
Mine eyes have seen the glory of our cabbages and kale.
Around the globe Willamette seeds are offered up for sale.
We want to keep them pure and safe; at this we will not fail.
We don’t want rapeseed here!
CHORUS: Glory, glory, hallelujah, canola lovers try to fool ya.
They say [...]
Early Thursday morning, August 16th, 2012 the Salem Court of Appeals granted a stay to ODA’s temporary rules that expanded the growing area for canola and shrank the protected areas of the Willamette Valley. ODA will need to file a response for a hearing most likely to be set at the end of August. At [...]
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 [...]
Despite many requests to slow down in the rules making process on this very sensitive and damaging issue, ODA released their temporary rules opening up the previously protected areas in the Willamette Valley, Northeastern Oregon in Wallowa county, and Malhur county in Southeastern Oregon.
Read the temporary rules here>>
Read more background on the issue and stay [...]
Canola Committee Letter to Vance Bybee
Canola Position Summary
Canola RationaleDr. Don Ball email pdf
Frank Morton – Canola Opinion Piece
March ODA meeting transcript
Mike Plumer email pdf
ODA Canola News Release 08.03.12
ODA Oilseed Synposis Report 01.16.10 (1)