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FoFF in The Field: CAFO Advisory Committee Meeting


As the eyes and ears of small and mid-sized producers and those who support them, Friends of Family Farmers tracks food and farm issues in the legislature, government agencies, and various boards and committees. We do this important but otherwise boring work on your behalf so you don’t have to! We have been following the … Continue reading FoFF in The Field: CAFO Advisory Committee Meeting

InFARMation events on How to Buy Local Meat


Do you have questions about how to purchase local pasture-raised meats? Well, we have two upcoming events for you! We have two InFARMation events, one in Salem and one in Philomath, to tackle questions like why is it important to support pasture-based producers? How does meat get to market and what are the challenges for … Continue reading InFARMation events on How to Buy Local Meat

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 … 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

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

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