What is less riveting than pending bills in the lower house of a bicameral chamber? Okay, using bicameral in a sentence, fair enough. Fortunately, the good folks at Friends of Family Farmers keep track of pending legislation here in in Oregon that have real life consequences for the growers, farmers and ranchers who raise our food. Currently, there is a spate of possible new bills pending in the Oregon house that need attention.
Friends of the Family Farmers have given us permission, to reprint the summary from their newsletter, The Barnyard. They also want to extend an invitation to join Family Farmer and Rancher Day at the Capitol on March 15th. And if you can’t make the rally, you can find and contact your law maker here.
The Family Farmer Act (HB 2222) – An attempt to ease some of the burdens faced by Oregon’s agricultural entrepreneurs, while not adding any additional budgetary demands on the state. HB 2222: 1) Allows poultry producers to lawfully raise, slaughter and sell up to 1000 poultry without having a state-inspected establishment 2) Requires that two seats on the Board of Agriculture be reserved for those producers who market products solely within the state 3) Expands the ability of raw milk producers to sell their milk in order to meet consumer demand 4) And qualifies new farmers and ranchers to receive farm deferment on their property upon establishing and investing in their farm business.
The Farm Direct Bill (HB 2336) – This exempts agricultural producers selling specified agricultural products directly to the general public from state laws regulation produce dealers and food establishments.
HB 2947 This requires State Department of Agriculture to adopt rules establishing standards of identity and quality and labeling requirements for honey sold in Oregon.
Please let your readers know that ACTION in the form of phone calls or emails is needed NOW through Wednesday Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., when the Farm Direct Bill goes to the House floor.
The easiest place to access the why and the how-to is my web page: http://locallygrown.org/home/?page_id=524