Farmer Input-Food Safety Modernization Act

CALLING ALL FARMERS! The FDA is planning to propose another version of the produce safety regulations under FSMA this summer.  To help prepare for the next round, we’ve put together a survey to get input from farmers and food producers on their current practices.  The information we collect will help us analyze the impact of the proposed rule and form concrete recommendations for changes. The survey is posted...

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Crop Donation Tax Credit

A big THANK YOU to the Oregon Legislature The Oregon State Legislature closed the 2014 session late last Friday.  But before they went home the Crop Donation Tax Credit bill (SB 1541) was passed by the Oregon House with an unanimous vote!  It just needs a signature from the Governor and it will be the law of the land. Thank you for all of your efforts to contact your legislators, you showed them how important this bill is for Oregon. Please...

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Money for your civic programs-Blue Mountain Chapter Cornucopia Project

The Blue Mountain Chapter Executive Team is excited to announce year two of the Cornucopia Project. The Cornucopia Project was developed last year by the BMC Executive Team to support projects that our members are working on in our community. We encourage you to apply for funds that supports your Oregon Rural Action team or other local civic organizations efforts you are involved in. We have budgeted $500 from Blue Mountain Chapter funds for...

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Call the Governor and tell him to stand up to Big Coal (866) 492-6080

The next few weeks are a crucial time in determining if Oregon will export coal. Governor Kitzhaber and his agencies are making decisions now whether or not to let coal companies start building a coal export terminal on the Columbia River. Already three permits have been granted. Let’s not make it four. The state could soon grant Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific Project a crucial permit allowing the project to move forward. You can help by telling Governor Kitzhaber that coal export is not in the public interest, it is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of our state’s water resources. He should deny Ambre Energy’s DSL permit. Call the Governor’s office and tell him to stand up to Big Coal and deny the DSL permit: (866) 492-6080

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OSU Small Farm Course Registration Deadline March 28

For the first time, beginning farmers in Northeast Oregon will have access to the Successful Small Farm Management Course developed by Oregon State University. The four part series is designed for farmers in their first 5 years of farming, people seriously considering starting a farm business, and people considering major changes to their farm. The course will provide farmers with the tools and knowledge to manage the biological and financial...

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