STATE ISSUES 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.
Water for Agriculture is Put to Good Use In My View op-ed by Matt Cyrus, president, Deschutes County Farm Bureau and Sue Vanek, president, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, published in Bend Bulletin, In My View, May 29, 2017.
OFB 2017 Oregon Legislative Session Summary: After six months of hard work and determination by OFB staff, Farm Bureau members, and partners in the ag industry, we’re proud to report that Oregon farmers and ranchers emerged victorious from the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session!
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.
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.