What Water is Worth: The Standing Rock Sioux

The Western Organization of Resource Councils has come out in support of the Standing Rock Sioux. While the entire post is worth reading, this part stands out: “We stand with Standing Rock in their fight to protect water, tribal sovereignty, landowner rights, human rights, and cultural resources threatened by the present route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. ORA’s affiliation with WORC led the board of directors to consider ORA’s...

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Looking for a Few Good People for our Board of Directors

ORA Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors If you’re interested in helping to build and grow an exciting nonprofit, we want to talk with you. ORA is a unique membership driven organization dedicated to strengthening democratic processes. We want to build the capacity of our communities to identify and take action on issues of importance to them. We strive to make rural Eastern Oregon economically and environmentally sustainable through...

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Healthy Climate Bill: Take action today!

There are already limits on emissions in our laws, but there is no way to enforce them. The Healthy Climate bill will hold big polluters accountable for the cost of what they are dumping into our air and water. Up to this point, we are paying the costs, in the form of missed work days and medical bills from lung disease, severe allergies and asthma attacks. We pay for record-breaking wildfires and droughts that hurt family farmers and raise food prices.

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ORA urges Senate to reject COOL repeal

  Oregon Rural Action joined with 141 diverse groups to deliver a letter on July 28 urging the U.S. Senate to reject both the efforts to repeal the country of origin labeling (COOL) law and to convert COOL into a voluntary labeling program for beef, pork and chicken.   The letter urges the Senate “to defend consumers’ right to know where their food comes from and the ability of farmers and ranchers to proudly identify their...

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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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