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Hiring Part-Time Young & Beginning Farmer Organizer with Friends of Family Farmers

Job Opening with Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF)
Job Title: Young & Beginning Farmer Organizer
Hours: .5 FTE (on average 20 hours per week with the possibility to increase hours in the future)
Pay: $12-$15/hr., depending on experience. No benefits
Start Date: No later than June 1, 2014
Located: Position is located in Molalla, OR with opportunities to work remotely.
Friends of [...]


Sign this Petition Asking Senator Merkley to Support Sustainable Agriculture

Right now, Congress is hard at work preparing the federal budget for 2015. This is the first step in the appropriations process that funds many government functions, such as the programs that support and promote sustainable agriculture.
House and Senate legislators who sit on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, including Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, have the lion’s [...]

Muckboots in the Capitol – February 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Muckboots in the Capitol – February 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The Oregon Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session on February 3 and finished work on March 7, two days ahead of the constitutionally required adjournment date. A number of bills were introduced that were important to Oregon farmers and food consumers:
HB 4078 – As introduced, this bill would have affirmed Washington County’s controversial plans to [...]


USDA 2012 Ag Census Shows Aging Farmers, Consolidating Farms

The US Department of Agriculture released the preliminary 2012 agricultural census results … and the news isn’t good.
US farmers are aging and our farms are consolidating – even more so in Oregon than in the rest of the nation.
The age of the average farmer has increased nationally from 57.1 in 2007 to 58 in 2012, [...]


2014 Farmer/Rancher Listening Session Tour

**If you didn’t make it to one of our sessions ¬†please fill out the Farmer and Rancher Survey by May 1st to add your voice!
We have come to the end of the road on our 2014 Listening Session Tour. In just two short months, FoFF traveled nearly 3,000 miles to meet with hundreds of producers [...]


Farm Bill Debate Begins – Speak Up for Oregon Agriculture!

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 [...]


Statement on Passage of SB 863 – the Oregon Monsanto Protection Act

Statement on the passage of SB 863 from Ivan Maluski, Director, Friends of Family Farmers:
It is incredibly disappointing that the Oregon Legislature has voted today to take away the rights of Oregonians to establish local food and agriculture ordinances intended to protect the viability of local farms, food and agriculture. This [...]


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 Legislative Recap – Good Session for Small Farms

The Capital Press has an article recapping the 2013 Oregon Legislative Session. See how FoFF and small farm issues fared. Hint: we did pretty well.
From the article:
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 [...]

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