Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Important Farmland, Salmon Habitat near Controversial Columbia River Port

Press Release with CRAG, Willamette Riverkeeper, 1KF
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:15pm

March 14, 2018 (St. Helens, OR)—Columbia Riverkeeper filed an appeal today challenging Columbia County’s second attempt to open 837 acres of high-value agricultural land along the Columbia River to industrial development. 1000 Friends of Oregon, Oregon’s statewide land use watchdog, is joining Riverkeeper’s appeal. The Port of St.

Oregon Farmers Grow Community

Greg Holmes
Thu, 12/21/2017 - 2:00pm

We’ve been hearing the statistics for years—about how Oregon agriculture is responsible for over $5.7 billion in sales, how it is connected to over $50 billion a year in economic activity, and how 1 in 8 jobs in Oregon is dependent in some way on agriculture.

Oregon Ag Heritage Program Lobby Day

Nellie McAdams
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00pm

On Thursday, June 21 several of Oregon’s top agriculture and environmental organizations were joined by 38 Oregonians and advocates to lobby Oregon legislators to pass HB 3249, the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Fund (OAHP) which would would help Oregon farmers and ranchers plan for succession and maintain agricultural land for future generations. It includes funding for permanent working lands easements, temporary covenants, and conservation management plans, as well as succession trainings and a tax study.

Growing hops and brewing beer in the high desert

Meriel Darzen
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:30pm

Good Earth Brewing and Smith Rock Hop Farm make the most of Terrebonne's Farmland

When Natalie Hoshaw and Clare Thompson moved to Central Oregon in 2013, one of the first new friends they made was Miles Wilhelm. Natalie and Clare, both health care professionals, found common ground with Miles, a digital modeler, over a love for good beer and a deep interest in farming.

Supporting Local Communities to Plan for Their Housing Needs

Alison Macintosh & Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:50am

Housing Bill Moves Forward in the Legislature

Bipartisan Bill Would Improve Farm Worker Housing, Stabilize Costs for Oregon Farmers

Robin Maxey
Office of the Senate President
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:40pm

(SALEM) – Bipartisan legislation aimed at improving and increasing housing for farm workers in Oregon cleared its first key hurdle Tuesday when the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue approved Senate Bill 1 for consideration by the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

The measure creates a personal income or corporation tax credit for the operating costs of housing for agricultural workers. It is sponsored jointly by Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn) and Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River).

2017 Oregon State of Agriculture Industry Report

Greg Holmes
Tue, 02/28/2017 - 5:40pm

Agriculture continues to be one of Oregon's leading industries, providing over $50 billion in sales of food, fiber, and agricultural products, and providing over 325,000 full and part-time jobs.

The Clackamas County Food System ONEStop

If you've been following our work with the Rogue Valley Food System Network, you know we're committed to connecting people with fresh local produce. One of the ways this network accomplishes this goal is by connecting farmers, distributors, and other partners in order to minimize shipping costs and get food into the hands of people who need it. Now, a similar food system called ONEStop has emerged to serve people in Clackamas County. Here's a little bit about this initiative:

1000 Friends Leadership Spotlight: Organically Grown Company

The largest wholesaler of organic produce in the Pacific Northwest talks farmland protection, industry changes and the future of farming.

As the state’s second largest industry, agriculture is an important part of life in Oregon. Up until recently, however, organic farming wasn’t a large part of the conversation. This is changing. Organically Grown Company, the largest organic produce wholesaler in the Pacific Northwest, is proof of the transformation. Started in 1978 as a nonprofit, OGC mostly supported small-scale organic farms. It transitioned to a for-profit company in 1982, with its first dock opening a year later.

Summer Is Coming. Explore With Us.

Land use is your community, your home, your street. It's where your food comes from and how you get where you're going. It's a place of possibility, if you know what to look for. This summer, we'd like to take you out to see land use in action, with our new line-up of field trips!

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