Family Farm & Ranch Rally Day 2013!

March 18, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Mark your calendars for March 18th–a full day of grassroots action in Salem on food and ag policy and legislation! RSVP NOW!



There is a strong lobby for commodity agriculture and agribusiness, but the issues facing family agriculture, local food producers and small-scale agriculture are often different. If our legislators in Salem are going to support policies, rules and programs that bolster small-scale, local and family agriculture, they need to hear from YOU. Whether it is standing on the capitol steps, sending an email, mailing a letter or picking up the phone, your contact with YOUR legislators is critical.


What We Do at Rally Day:

Family Farm & Ranch Rally day is a brings producers and eaters from across the state to Salem for a full day of citizen lobbying training, meetings with legislators and a rally on the capitol steps. We even set up a Farmers Market in the capitol galleria! All of this is to build support for sustainable, family agriculture for current and future generations. Citizens lobby legislators on specific legislation and talk to them about barriers and opportunities for agriculture and food production. Click here to learn more about the experiences of ORA members at the 2011 rally day and learn more about the day, or sign up now!

Read about our legislative priorities on farmer financing, poultry slaughter and more here.


Schedule for the day:

March 17th: Leave Eastern Oregon & spend the night in Salem

March 18th:

8:30-9:30 Registration (at Homebase-TBD)

9:30-11:30- Workshops on the issues and how to lobby your legislator

12:30-1:30 Rally on the Capitol front steps!!

All day: Farmers Market inside Capitol Galleria.

Meetings with legislators will occur throughout the day depending on available appointment times.


Travel & Accommodations:

We know that the trip to Salem is onerous. ORA is arranging carpool, accommodations and help with travel expenses. Don’t let the distance stop you from making your voice count!


SIGN UP for Rally Day!

RSVP to let us know you are coming to Salem so that we can set up meetings with your legislators. Click here to RSVP. To arrange travel and accommodations. Contact Nella Parks at ORA by email or call 541-975-2411 to check in and for question.


How to Help out:

  1. Help call members and recruit them to rally day, too! This will happen through the end of Feb and the first of March.
  2. Spread the word! Email this page to your friends, post it on Facebook and recruit them. Just share this link:  http://oregonrural.org/event/family-farm-ra…rally-day-2013/
  3. Volunteer for our March 18th Action Team and to help with tasks leading up to the day– many hands make light work, and there is a lot of it!


Learn More:

About the Oregon Grows Partnership

About Rally Day and our Priorities

About our legislative priorities: Poultry Bill FAQ SheetAggie Bonds FAQ SheetCoal Exports and Grain FAQ Sheet