About our Farmer and Rancher Listening Sessions

Every two years since 2009/2010, we have travelled the state to hear from Oregon’s family farmers and ranchers about the issues they care about the most. Over the years we’ve heard from hundreds and hundreds of producers across the state. This process helped create the Agricultural Reclamation Act and continues to shape our advocacy and program work. We are currently in the very early stages of planning our next round of Listening Sessions for early 2018.

In the meantime, you can check out what we heard from farmers and ranchers across the state during our last round of Listening Sessions. Read our 2016 Listening Session Report here.

2015-16 Locations

Below are the communities we visited in 2015-16

South and Mid Willamette Valley

Scio – Nov 9, 2015
Junction City – Dec 2, 2015
Brownsville – Dec 7, 2015
Philomath – Dec 9, 2015 [Co-hosted by Marys River Grange]
Cottage Grove – Dec 14, 2015
Salem/Keizer – Dec 16, 2015 [Co-hosted by Geercrest Farm]

North Willamette Valley

Forest Grove – March 2, 2016 [Co-hosted by Dairy Creek Community Food Web]
Portland – March 14, 2016

Canby – March 30, 2016
McMinnville – April 5, 2016 [Co-hosted by the McMinnville Public Library]

Coastal Oregon

Nehalem/Manzanita – March 9, 2016 [Co-hosted by Nehalem Valley Farm Trust in partnership with Food Roots]

Southern Oregon

Klamath Falls – April 26, 2016
Central Point – April 27, 2016 [Hosted by SOREC]
Roseburg – April 28, 2016 [Co-hosted by Lookingglass Grange]

Central Oregon

Redmond – May 3, 2016

Northern/Northeast Oregon

Hood River – Feb 29, 2016 [Co-hosted by Gorge Grown Food Network]
Wallowa County – May 10, 2016
Union County – May 12, 2016