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
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 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
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
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
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!
Oregon is a family farm state, and the vast majority of farms in Oregon are small or mid-sized. But, increasingly, out-of-state industrial factory farms are taking advantage of Oregon’s surprisingly lax oversight of these kinds of operations and are moving in. The newest proposal is ‘Lost Valley Ranch’, a 30,000 head mega-dairy planned in north central Oregon near … Continue reading Controversial New Factory Farm Proposed for Oregon – Comment by Nov. 4
Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for farmers. Price of tickets include pizza & salad, one drink ticket, ice cream, chocolate, music, a raffle ticket, and a donation to FoFF! Additional drink tickets may be purchased for $4. Ages 21 and over. Get your tickets here! Money raised at this party will … Continue reading Pizza Party for FoFF!
“All of my grandparents escaped the farm. Sometimes when I’m working, moving cow manure, I think to myself, is this what I envisioned myself doing with my life, you know, when I was 16?” Michael laughed. We were in his kitchen, having wrapped up a tour of Verdant Hills Farm, which he has operated with … Continue reading Verdant Hills Farm: FoFF in the Field
Statement on Appointment of Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba to Lead the Oregon Department of Administrative Services from Ivan Maluski, Policy Director, Friends of Family Farmers “We wish Katy Coba the best in her new role with the Department of Administrative Services. Her long background in state government should serve her well. But … Continue reading Statement on ODA Director Katy Coba’s Appointment to Head Oregon’s Dept. of Administrative Services