InFARMation: Tuesday, February 28 at the Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St, Portland)
-Doors open at 5:30
-Program begins at 6:30

*Food, Farms and the Oregon Legislature*

The Oregon State Capitol in Salem

February 1 marked the beginning of the 2017 Oregon Legislative session. At this month’s InFARMation, we’ll talk about the top food and farm bills that Oregon Legislators will consider as they also grapple with a nearly $1.8 billion shortfall.

Some big questions are on the table this session:

Will the state finally provide long-promised rules to address the needs of farmers at risk of contamination from poorly regulated genetically engineered crops, or will the Legislature let local communities once again create local farmer protections?

Will Oregon finally create a long-overdue program to regulate air contamination from large livestock confinement operations before one of the nation’s largest proposed factory dairy farms with 30,000 cows comes to our state?

Will Oregon create new tax policy to help beginning farmers with access to land in the midst of fast-rising farmland prices and a growing land rush fueled by out-of-state farmland buyers?

FoFF’s 2015 ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ Rally on the Oregon Capitol steps

What will be the fate of Oregon’s nation-leading Farm to School Program in a tight budget environment?

And finally, will you be inspired to support sustainable agriculture, beginning farmers and local food systems by coming to FoFF’s April 4 ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ Rally and Day of Action at the State Capitol?

To find the answers to these questions, and more, mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 28 for InFARMation in Portland.

Panelists at this month’s InFARMation include:

Ivan Maluski, Policy Director with Friends of Family Farmers
Amy van Saun, Legal Fellow with Center for Food Safety
and, the evening’s moderator, Kathleen Bauer, writer behind the ‘The Future of Our Food’ series and other items at the blog GoodStuffNW.

What: InFARMation Portland
When: Tuesday, February 28 – Doors open at 5:30, discussion begins at 6:30
Where: Holocene (1001 SE Morrison) in Portland
Who: You and your Friends – please share the event via Facebook!
Cost: Free (with donations encouraged)

InFARMation takes place the last Tuesday of every month at the Holocene in Portland from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

We’ll see you there!