The Oregon Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session on February 3. This session will last just 35 days, and a number of bills will have an impact on Oregon farmers and food consumers:
HB 4100 – Refers a measure to the November 2014 ballot that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods sold in Oregon.
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, [...]
A listening session is a community meeting where producers come together to talk about the beauty of and the barriers to farming successfully in Oregon. It is also a chance to brainstorm solutions and help define what the future of agricultural policy in Oregon looks like.
Between January and March of 2014, there will be more [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A new draft rule was published on December 14, with a public hearing scheduled for 9 am, Jan. 23 at the State Fairgrounds in Salem, and a comment deadline, Jan 25, plus a link to the docs. Stay tuned for more info as we have it.’ If going beyond that in order to remind people [...]