Muckboots in the Capitol: June Legislative Updates

June Updates – Legislature Enters Final Stretch! The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session is entering it’s final stretch. Many bills that advanced earlier in the session have been waiting for the powerful Ways and Means Committee to determine whether funding is available. As the Legislature move towards a late-June adjournment, the next few weeks are critical … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol: June Legislative Updates

Muckboots in the Capitol: Beginning Farmer Bills and Canola Legislation Introduced

The 2019 Legislative session is heating up as legislative committees hold hearings on bills with an eye towards an early April deadline for action. Before this deadline, to help farmers and eaters raise their collective voices in support of good food and farm legislation, we are holding our fourth biennial ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ Day … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol: Beginning Farmer Bills and Canola Legislation Introduced

Muckboots in the Capitol: Organic Farmers and Advocates Make Their Voices Heard

On February 6, a first ever ‘Organic Grows a Better Oregon’ event brought organic farmers and organic advocates to the Capitol building in Salem to talk about the positive economic and environmental benefits of organic agriculture on the state. Roughly 90 organic farmers and industry advocates participated in the event, which included meetings with Legislators, … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol: Organic Farmers and Advocates Make Their Voices Heard

Muckboots in the Capitol: 2019 Oregon Legislative Session Begins (updated)

On January 22, the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session began. With our 2018 Farmer and Rancher Listening Session Report and 2019 Policy Agenda recently published, we are tracking a wide array of bills of importance this session. Whether you are a farmer or an eater, if you want to make an impact for family farms and … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol: 2019 Oregon Legislative Session Begins (updated)

Muckboots in the Capitol Legislative Update – June 30, 2017

The Oregon Legislature is racing towards its July 10 end date with a flurry of activity. Lawmakers have not yet determined how to fill major budget shortfalls, which has meant proposed cuts to programs like Farm-to-School. The Legislature is planning to meet through much of the July 4 weekend, and at this point in the session … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol Legislative Update – June 30, 2017

Muckboots in the Capitol – Oregon Legislative Update – June 2017

The 2017 Oregon Legislative session is nearing its end, required to finish business by early July. But with little more than a month left to work, and in a session that has been dominated by the specter of a budget shortfall of over $1 billion, there is still no agreement on state funding and many important … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol – Oregon Legislative Update – June 2017

Introducing the 2015 Muckboots in the Capitol Blog – Hot Topics in Salem

January 29, 2015 Well, it’s that time again. Every other year, the Oregon Legislature meets from February to July to hold hearings, pass laws, and create the state’s budget. And since 2011, Friends of Family Farmers has had a strong presence at the State Capitol, keeping you up to date on what’s happening and how … Continue reading Introducing the 2015 Muckboots in the Capitol Blog – Hot Topics in Salem

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

2019 Legislative Session Ends with Progress for Sustainable Agriculture

The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session ended with a flurry of activity on Sunday, June 30. The final days of the session were in question after Senate Republicans staged a 9-day walkout that threatened to derail action on more than 150 bills and agency budgets. But with a Constitutional deadline for action looming at midnight on … Continue reading 2019 Legislative Session Ends with Progress for Sustainable Agriculture