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2017 Oregon Legislative Session Wrap Up


The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session is over. Adjourning on Friday, July 7 in a flurry of activity, the Legislature’s final actions included some unexpected surprises and good news. But these positive outcomes were tempered by what was overall a very tough session dominated by jostling over scarce funds and massive budget shortfalls, and the continuing … Continue reading 2017 Oregon Legislative Session Wrap Up

Introducing the Corporate Ag Watch Blog


Since 2007, Friends of Family Farmers has provided a unique voice that challenges the influence and power of large corporate agribusiness interests in Oregon. We represent independent small and mid-sized family farmers, not out-of-state corporations or multi-national agribusiness companies. The same can’t be said for a number of other groups that purport to represent family … Continue reading Introducing the Corporate Ag Watch Blog

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

Oregon Pasture Network – Update on Farm Visits and Things to Come – June 2017


For those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m Lindsay and I’m the Program Coordinator for the Oregon Pasture Network (OPN). I have recently started full-time with Friends of Family Farmers and have been busy getting the ball rolling with OPN after a long, wet spring. These farm and ranch visits have not only … Continue reading Oregon Pasture Network – Update on Farm Visits and Things to Come – June 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

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