As an organization, the Oregon Grows Partnership chooses common priorities to advance during Oregon’s state legislative sessions and in other venues. The last regular legislative session was in 2013. Each priority is given careful consideration, including whether if falls within OGP’s guiding principles, and meets an important, timely need for Oregon’s family farmers and rural communities.
The 2013 OGP Priorities were:
- Passing state-level legislation to enable Oregon to issue ‘Aggie Bonds’ to help new and small farmers obtain lower-interest credit for land purchases, breeding livestock, and equipment. Click here to view a fact sheet on HB 2700 – Oregon’s Aggie Bonds legislation. Status: HB 2700 passed the Oregon Legislature and has been signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber.
- Passing state-level legislation to ensure independent, small poultry producers who raise and slaughter fewer than 1000 birds per year in exclusive farm use zones are not subjected to expensive county conditional use permits. Click here to view a fact sheet on HB 2393 – OGP’s poultry bill. Status: HB 2393 passed the Oregon Legislature and has been signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber.
- Securing a comprehensive federal Environmental Impact Statement on proposed coal exports that analyzes the economic impacts of increased coal train and barge traffic on Oregon’s grain growers and other agriculture. Click here to view a fact sheet on the impacts on coal export on Oregon’s agricultural sector. Status: While no federal agency has yet committed to a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement, three of the six proposed coal export terminals for Oregon and Washington have been abandoned, and no state or federal permits have been issued for any of the others.