Farm Bureau is always working on behalf of Oregon’s family farmers and ranchers on myriad issues — but some topics are particularly hot, grabbing the attention of ag producers, the general public, lawmakers, and the media. Following are web pages devoted to educating Farm Bureau members about important agriculture issues, featuring links to credible information sources, social media campaigns/examples, and articles from American Farm Bureau and various media outlets. See the OFB Policy Book.
Email Tyler Alexander, OFB government affairs associate, with any questions about Farm Bureau’s work at the state capitol.
GMOs — OFB believes that family farmers and ranchers should be able to decide what and how to raise on their own farms, be it organic, conventional, GMOs/biotech, or no tech — not county governments, non farmers, or activist groups.
Labor-related issues: Mandated predictable and flexible scheduling, paid sick leave info, etc.
The Veterinary Feed Directive: Questions and Answers for Oregon Livestock Producers by Oregon State University Extension Service > As of January 2017, Oregon livestock producers must comply with a new federal law that fundamentally changes the way feed-grade antibiotics are used in their operations: The Veterinary Feed Directive. This OSU publication answers some basic questions about the new law, including the livestock operator’s or caretaker’s responsibilities and classifications of medications that are affected and not affected by the VFD.
SMALL & BEGINNING FARMERS — Resources for beginning farmers/ranchers and small farms/ranches