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 [...]
Both eaters and farmers have a stake in this policy. Everyone is encouraged to submit comments to the FDA by November 15th!
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938, and it includes new regulations for produce farms and for facilities that process food for [...]
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 [...]
10/1 Update – The bill is now SB 863
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Read the article in The Corvallis Advocate here>>
Bright pastures, free-roaming animals, locally-grown greens—the call of the small farm is sweet like fresh-cut hay. But high land costs and uncertain profits might keep those longing to pick up a pitchfork stuck in the office. Chances are, they won’t find any angel investors willing to fund a [...]
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 [...]
For Immediate Release: July 30, 2013
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PRO PASTURE CAMPAIGN PROMOTES PASTURE-RAISED MEAT, DAIRY AND EGGS
Pro Pasture Fridays aimed at supporting small, local producers
July 30, 2013 – Today, Friends of Family Farmers launched its new Pro Pasture Campaign to encourage consumers and retailers to support local, sustainable livestock producers [...]
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 [...]
Muckboots Trump Suits at the 2013 Oregon Legislature – Family Farmer Issues Pass with Strong Support
Small Farm Priorities See Strong Support in the 2013 Legislature
Aggie Bonds Beginning Farmer Loan Program, Canola Restrictions, Small Poultry Processing Legislation and more Pass with Bipartisan Support
Salem, OR: On July 8, the Oregon Legislature adjourned its 2013 session, which was marked by the passage of significant legislation important to small farmers. Friends of [...]