Friends of Family Farmers:  Promoting and Protecting Socially Responsible Agricuture in Oregon Today and into the Future.
                                                                           October 2012

FoFF Aid Recap

Oh, what a night!  Great music and great people made for a great time. Read all about our successful fundraiser and make a note to join us next year.  To see how your volunteer, membership and/or donation contributions can make a difference, contact Lori, or call us @ 503-759-FARM (3276).

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New Canola Advisory Committee Convenes

Time Is Running Out - November 2 Deadline

After receiving a huge negative response to their proposed permanent ruling on canola (rapeseed) planting in the Willamette Valley, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) decided to extend the public comment deadline to November 2nd and gather some additional information.  Part of this new attempt to gain clarity on the issue was the creation of a New Canola Advisory Committee.  After ensuring that the advisory committee meetings would be open to the public, have recorded transcripts of the discussions, and that the group would not be forced to come to a consensus, Friends of Family Farmers Field Director, Leah Rodgers, accepted the invitation to be part of the committee. Follow the New Canola Advisory Committee here>>

ODA seems determined to have a ruling move forward to expand canola planting starting in Spring 2013 despite public opposition. FoFF is taking steps to prevent the expansion of canola production into areas that are currently protected. We need your help. Here's what you can do: 
To receive action alerts on the canola issue please contact Leah Rodgers, Field Director.   

Support Our Farmers, Now and into the Future

Take Time to Take Action Now

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Farm Bill Petition - Our nation's food and farm policy has officially expired.  Let congress know that an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill is needed now.

National Young Farmers Coalition Farm Bill Petition - This petition specifically targets the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program, viewed as essential in preparing and supporting our next generation of farmers.

Oregon Rural Action Coal Export Action - Controversial coal project means higher costs and delays for Oregon farmers.  Submit your comments by October 31st.

'American Meat':  Veterans' Day Screening

Dinner, Film and Discussion Panel on Nov. 12

Friends of Family Farmers is excited to be part of a Veterans' Day panel discussion for the acclaimed new documentary, 'American Meat'.  This film chronicles the grassroots revolution in sustainable meat production so very much in evidence here in Oregon.  The screening will take place at Cinema 21 in Portland on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Panelists include: A pre-event dinner featuring sustainable, Oregon-grown and produced ingredients will be offered at Dick's Kitchen from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

Events & Offerings

Mark your calendar now to save the date for these upcoming gatherings and opportunities.

October -- Food Day Oregon (State-wide events)
Oct. 28 -- Fill Your Pantry Market (Forest Grove)
Nov. 3 -- Grow the Coast Small Farms Conference (Nehalem)
Nov. 4 -- InFARMation (and Beer!) NOW IN EUGENE
Nov. 10 -- Thrive Land Connection Conference (Medford)
Nov. 12 -- American Meat  - Film Screening and Panel (Portland)
Nov. 13 -- InFARMation (and Beer!) Growing & Eating Locally Year Round (Portland)
Nov. 16 -- Sandor Katz Presentation - (Eugene)
Nov. 30 - Oregon Agritourism Summit (Corvallis)
Dec. 3-5 -- Western SARE Conference (Portland)
Mar. 18 - Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the Capitol Save the Date! (Salem)

Additional events can be viewed on our Community Calendar
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