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2017 Portland Fill Your Pantry Vendor Criteria and Application Now Available!


2017 Fill Your Pantry – Portland   Application Information Our next Fill Your Pantry Community Bulk Buying Event will be held December 3, 2017 in Portland. For this one-day event, we will offer a very wide assortment of products from which area households can truly stock their pantries for the winter. If your farm or … Continue reading 2017 Portland Fill Your Pantry Vendor Criteria and Application Now Available!

Corporate Ag Watch: Agrichemical Company Influence in Oregon – Part I


In the last edition of our Corporate Ag Watch blog, we highlighted the plight of Oregon’s small farms in relation to the growth of Big Ag in our state, noting the problematic influence that unlimited corporate money in Oregon politics is having. We dove into the political and lobbying activities of out-of-state owned Threemile Canyon Farms, … Continue reading Corporate Ag Watch: Agrichemical Company Influence in Oregon – Part I

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