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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

Mid-Session Legislative Update – Mixed Bag for Small Farms and Local Food


A key deadline at the Oregon Legislature was reached on Tuesday, April 18. For the most part, bills had to either move forward by that date, or they were dead for the session. While a number of pieces of legislation important to small and mid-sized farms and environmentally responsible agriculture moved forward, many died as … Continue reading Mid-Session Legislative Update – Mixed Bag for Small Farms and Local Food

Family Farms Mean Business Event Draws Farmers, Local Food Supporters to Oregon Capitol


On Tuesday, April 4, Friends of Family Farmers held our fourth ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ Day at the State Capitol in Salem. The event drew over 100 farmers, ranchers, students and local food supporters to the Capitol building to talk with legislators and rally in support of efforts important to Oregon’s small and mid-sized farmers … Continue reading Family Farms Mean Business Event Draws Farmers, Local Food Supporters to Oregon Capitol

Our Statement on Oregon’s Decision to Approve Major New Mega-CAFO


Statement from Ivan Maluski, Policy Director, Friends of Family Farmers, on the March 31 decision by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Agriculture to issue a permit approving a controversial new 30,000-cow mega-dairy in Eastern Oregon “The state’s decision to grant the water pollution permit for a new 30,000 head mega-dairy in … Continue reading Our Statement on Oregon’s Decision to Approve Major New Mega-CAFO

Oregon Legislature Talks about Problems with GMOs and Large CAFOs


The week of March 6 was a good one for wearing muckboots at the Oregon Capitol. That’s because the Legislature began tackling two major issues having to do with manure: air pollution from large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and tax credits for manure digesters. The controversy over these questions goes back more than a decade, but … Continue reading Oregon Legislature Talks about Problems with GMOs and Large CAFOs

Oregon Legislature takes on Farm-to-School and GE issues; OR Board of Ag hears testimony


The last two weeks have been busy at the Capitol in Salem! On February 8, we participated in a press conference with partners at Our Family Farms and the Center for Food Safety to call on the Oregon Legislature to move forward to protect farmers from unwanted contamination from genetically engineered (GE) crops. You can watch … Continue reading Oregon Legislature takes on Farm-to-School and GE issues; OR Board of Ag hears testimony

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session Begins


The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session began on February 1, and Friends of Family Farmers is working hard on a number of bills aimed at supporting beginning and organic farmers, eliminating subsidies and loopholes that benefit factory farms, and restoring the power of local communities to address problems with genetically engineered crops to protect local farms and agricultural economies. Several key … Continue reading The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session Begins

Sustainable: Exclusive Film Showing on January 31 at InFARMation in Portland


Tuesday, January 31 at the Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St, Portland) -Doors open at 5:30 -Program begins at 6:30 *Exclusive screening of the award winning film* Sustainable The future of our food system determines the future of mankind This month at InFARMation, we have on tap an exclusive showing of the new, award-winning film Sustainable. Sustainable is a vital investigation … Continue reading Sustainable: Exclusive Film Showing on January 31 at InFARMation in Portland

Speaking up for Family Farms at the Oregon Board of Agriculture


Every few months, the 10-member Oregon Board of Agriculture meets somewhere in the state. The Board of Agriculture ‘advises the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) on policy issues, develops recommendations on key agricultural issues, and provides advocacy of the state’s agriculture industry in general. In addition, the board issues a biennial report to the Governor and Legislative Assembly regarding … Continue reading Speaking up for Family Farms at the Oregon Board of Agriculture

Stocked and loaded!


We are consistently impressed by the community’s commitment to fortifying a vibrant food system. The second Portland Fill Your Pantry exemplified the extent to which Oregonians engage in our regional, sustainable agriculture by supporting local producers. The 2016 online sales surpassed $36,000 (up from $23,000 last year), and vendors sold an additional $14,000 worth of local food … Continue reading Stocked and loaded!