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Friends of Family Farmers – Farm and Food Legislative Priorities 2015


There are hundreds of bills directly relating to, or having an impact on, agriculture and food in the Oregon Legislature this year. Among these are a number of key bills and budget proposals we believe will help advance socially responsible agriculture and healthy local food systems in Oregon. In short, our 2015 legislative priorities are: … Continue reading Friends of Family Farmers – Farm and Food Legislative Priorities 2015

Introducing the 2015 Muckboots in the Capitol Blog – Hot Topics in Salem


January 29, 2015 Well, it’s that time again. Every other year, the Oregon Legislature meets from February to July to hold hearings, pass laws, and create the state’s budget. And since 2011, Friends of Family Farmers has had a strong presence at the State Capitol, keeping you up to date on what’s happening and how … Continue reading Introducing the 2015 Muckboots in the Capitol Blog – Hot Topics in Salem

Muckboots in the Capitol – February 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up


The Oregon Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session on February 3 and finished work on March 7, two days ahead of the constitutionally required adjournment date. A number of bills were introduced that were important to Oregon farmers and food consumers: HB 4078 – As introduced, this bill would have affirmed Washington County’s controversial plans … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol – February 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

2013 End of Session Press Recap – Canola, Aggie Bonds


With the passage of HB 2427, the canola bill, and HB 2700, the ‘Aggie Bonds’ Beginning Farmer and Rancher Loan Program, in late June/early July at the Oregon Legislature, small farm issues got a lot of press. Here’s a sampling: June 25, 2013 – Oregon House approves bill to ban canola crops in the Willamette … Continue reading 2013 End of Session Press Recap – Canola, Aggie Bonds

Friends of Family Farmers Rally at Capitol


Capital Press coverage from March 18, 2013 of FoFF’s rally at the State Capitol. Over 150 family farmers and their supporters attended the event. From the article: The members of Friends of Family Farmers visited lawmakers, set up a mini-farmers’ market in the Capitol Galleria and held a rally on the Capitol steps. Among speakers … Continue reading Friends of Family Farmers Rally at Capitol

Governor signs Farm Direct Bill into Law


On August 24th Governor John Kitzhaber was joined by FoFF President Kendra Kimbirauskas, Rebecca Landis of the Oregon Farmers Market Association, Anne Berblinger of Gales Creek Farm and Anthony Boutard of Ayers Creek Farm for the ceremonial signing the Farm Direct Bill into law. This bill signing represented a huge victory for family scale farmers … Continue reading Governor signs Farm Direct Bill into Law