Local Issues with Larger Repercussions?

21 Apr

This past fall I testified on behalf of a measure at the Oregon State legislature that would distinguish legislative control over what farmers in Oregon can and cannot grow be left at the state level.  The reasoning behind the need for seed pre-emption is a lengthy one but comes down in the most simplest terms that there were a few counties who were trying to ban the growing of GMO crops.  They were trying to put the burden of enforcement on county governments, who can’t afford the costs that this would bring.  But beyond that, they were taking away farmer’s rights to use technology that has been deemed safe time and time again.

The measure was passed in a special session package that was signed into law last fall.  The only exception was Jackson county, who had already gotten the signatures required to get a ban on growing GMO crops on their ballot this spring.  Here in lies the local issue, a local issue that if passed would not only hurt the county where it passes, it also hurts the farmers who are trying their best and growing safe food for the world while limiting their options for what to grow.  Plus this could bring statewide changes, and that is something that as a farmer I don’t want to see.

Photo courtesy of Protect Oregon Farmers https://www.facebook.com/ProtectOregonFarmers

Photo courtesy of Protect Oregon Farmers https://www.facebook.com/ProtectOregonFarmers

But the main reason that I bring up this issue is the part that makes me the most frustrated…it’s pitting farmer against farmer.  I have heard time and time again from people I know who live in that county, “We heard that the farmers are for this measure.”  The truth is that only one part of the farming industry is behind this measure, the ones who are out to destroy conventional farmers who have also been in the area for generations making their living off the land.  There is room in agriculture for all types of farmers and it’s going to take ALL OF US to feed this world into the future.  So without trying to sound too cliche, why can’t we all just get along?  Why can’t we work together with our neighbors and figure out how to all coexsits?

I think that this is an issue that won’t be going away soon.  With labeling being a huge conversation in the talk of GMO at all levels of government, not to mention state initiatives that are being put on ballots across the country state by state.  But let’s not all lose sight of the fact that farmers are out there working their butts off to feed their family, their employee’s families, and people all over the world.  So why would we want to limit our ability to do just that by breaking up regulations on a county by county level, or even as a state by state ruling?

You can see what efforts are being made right now by checking out the No on Measure 15-119 facebook page.

Photo Friday…What is Growing?

18 Apr

Well it’s spring…full blown spring.  Which means everything around us is growing at an alarming (good kind of alarming) rate. We have had some great sunshine, mixed with some warm rain.  Here’s a pic of how the farm dog Yukon deals with a little spring rain…

Yukon ready for the Rain

I took this photo while driving to work today, spring wheat that is moving up to the sun in what seems like inches every day!

Spring Wheat and hazelnutsThe grass is moving up to knee height, and boots are now a requirement if you want to walk fields and not soak your jeans.  The headlands are full of weeds to be sprayed back before they infect our seed crop.  But as my Grandpa Carl would have said, “If weeds don’t grow…nothin’ will grow.”

And the thing that I notice the most is my growing belly…baby Frketich is only a few weeks away!

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So what is off and growing around you??

 

Make-Over…for the blog

14 Apr

Blogs, although very much public, many times take on a personal feel to them.  The colors, the photos, they all start to tell a story of who someone is, or at least a part of who they are.  For me, I’m a pretty open book, and as most of you who actually know me in person know this to be very true on my blog and in “real life”.

So asking someone to come onto my site and help me out with any suggestions they may have to make it work better for me, or make it look nicer, was in a way a bit scary for me.  But then I saw that a blogger friend of mine, who has been writing farming blog tips for sometime, was doing farm blog reviews.  You can find her at FarmNWife.  So I thought I would give it a shot, let her in, and see what things that she sees that I don’t when I look at my page.

Here is what she came up with.  Take a look if you wish, or you can wait and see what I have in store for taking her suggestions in and doing a bit of a make over to the site (coming soon!)

Thanks so much for all your help Judi!!

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