The Importance of Wheat Exports to Oregon's Economy: 1000 Friends Statement on GMO Contamination

Over 600,000 acres of agricultural land in northeast Oregon, and thousands of Oregonians who depend on it, could be affected by the recent discovery of non-approved genetically-modified wheat in the region. This is an event that should concern all Oregonians, because it poses a major challenge to one of the state’s most crucial economic sectors: agriculture.

Minority-Operated Farms Increasing in Washington County, Reports The Oregonian

The Oregonian's Andrea Castillo reports on the increasing numbers of farms in Washington County that are operated by minorities, many of whom were originally farm workers in the United States. The story highlights the changing face of Oregon agriculture.

House Bills Would Protect Prime Farmland from Destructive Gravel Mining

1000 Friends is supporting two bills to be considered by the House Land Use Committee on Tuesday, February 26. Both bills would limit the impact of gravel and other aggregate mining on Oregon's irreplaceable high-quality farmland.

State of Oregon Agriculture Report: Protecting Farmland Is High Priority

The Oregon State Board of Agriculture has released its 2013 Oregon State of Agriculture report, a biennial assessment of the opportunities and challenges facing Oregon's second-largest industry. Among its key recommendations: don’t fall back on our duty to protect farmland.

Oregonian Editorial: "Time for Oregon to Harvest Agricultural Opportunities"

The Oregonian Editorial Board
Fri, 01/04/2013 (All day)

In an editorial published in Friday morning's paper, the Oregonian editorial board acknowledges the substantial contributions of Oregon agriculture to the state's economy, particularly in uncertain times for many other sectors of the economy.

Infographic: Take Another Look At That Candy Cane

Our December Oregon Stories e-newsletter features another infographic that will have you looking at your holiday in a whole new light.

Field to Fork: Saying Thanks to Oregon Farmers

The November issue of our Oregon Stories e-newsletter is dedicated to saying thanks for the people and the land that make Oregon agriculture thrive.

Two Videos Make the Connection Between Land Use Planning and Agriculture

An online video channel called Cooking Up A Story has released a pair of videos that explain why Oregon's land use planning program is so essential to protecting farmland and the farmers who work it--as well as the state's overall economy. They are embedded below.

Survey: Oregonians Prioritize Investment in Infrastructure, Farm/Forest Protection, and Water Quality

Oregonians are sending state leaders clear priorities to drive the economic recovery:  invest in good long term bets, like world-class infrastructure, a reliable resource economy, and healthy rivers and aquifers.

Land Use Leadership Initiative and Board of Directors Tour French Prairie

Victoria Demchak, 1000 Friends Volunteer
Fri, 10/05/2012 (All day)

On Saturday, September 22, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants joined the 1000 Friends Board of Directors to witness the productivity and pressures affecting some of Oregon’s most productive farmland, in the French Prairie region just south of the Portland metro region.

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