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!

Today on the Land Use Trail: Helvetia

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, May 6: Helvetia, a unique but threatened farming region just beyond the edge of Oregon’s largest metro area.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Curry County Lily Fields

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, April 17: The lily fields of Curry County, where much of the nation's supply of a unique but valuable crop is grown.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Sherman County Wheat

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Sherman County’s wheat fields, a core economic driver of “The Land Between Two Rivers.”

Op-Ed: The Reserves Agreement and Oregon's Future

In an op-ed published March 14 on The Oregonian's website, 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner describes how the urban and rural reserves agreement emerged from a local government's failure, and why supporters of farmland should be prepared to defend it.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Hood River Valley

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 13: The Hood River Valley, America's top pear producer and one of Oregon's most beautiful farming regions. 

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