Blog

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

Film Screenings with FoFF – Coming to a venue near you!


Join us for one of our special screenings of the film, Eating Animals, and a discussion of the realities of factory farming and how you can support producers in the Oregon Pasture Network who are raising their animals on pasture, a healthy and more environmentally-friendly alternative to the industrial model. Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran … Continue reading Film Screenings with FoFF – Coming to a venue near you!

Springtime with the Oregon Pasture Network: Potlucks, Pasture Walks, and Grazing Lessons


With consumers increasingly interested in purchasing socially responsible, pasture-raised animal products, FoFF launched the Oregon Pasture Network (OPN) in 2016. Our primary goal is to promote the growth of pasture-raised production in Oregon by supporting farmers and ranchers in the OPN with education, marketing, and networking. Two years later, we have almost 60 producer members … Continue reading Springtime with the Oregon Pasture Network: Potlucks, Pasture Walks, and Grazing Lessons

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

Take Action! Willamette Valley Canola Rule and Legislation


The harmful risk of unregulated oilseed canola production in the Willamette Valley is once again facing Oregon farmers and food consumers. Current rules that cap annual canola production at 500 acres in the Willamette Valley expire on July 1. Now, both the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Legislature are considering new measures to … Continue reading Take Action! Willamette Valley Canola Rule and Legislation

Family Farmer and Rancher Day Draws 150+ to the State Capitol


On Wednesday, March 27, more than 150 farmers, ranchers and good food supporters from across Oregon came to Salem for our fifth biennial ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ Day at the Capitol. We held policy workshops in the morning where we learned about current issues being debated at the Legislature and heard from Alexis Taylor, Director … Continue reading Family Farmer and Rancher Day Draws 150+ to the State Capitol

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)

We’re hiring short-term Community Organizers for our Farmer & Rancher Day of Action


Friends of Family Farmersis seeking part time, temporary Community Organizers forFarmer and Rancher Day of Action!at the Capitol in SalemWednesday March 27, 2019 Farmer Rancher Day of Action is a one day opportunity for family farmers, ranchers and all those who support good food come to the Capitol and let our decision-makers and the public … Continue reading We’re hiring short-term Community Organizers for our Farmer & Rancher Day of Action