ODA’s draft water pollution permit for factory farms falls short Salem, OR - The Stand Up to Factory Farms Coalition submitted comments to the Oregon Department of Agriculture in response to its draft revision of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit that most factory farms across Oregon need to operate. In its … Continue reading Coalition Urges Better Regulation of Mega-Dairy Pollution to Protect Water Resources
Climate experts, activists and frontline community members cite climate change, water contamination and animal welfare concerns Salem, OR - At a virtual press conference hosted by the Stand Up to Factory Farms Coalition, experts and activists joined in urging Governor Brown to deny Cole Easterday’s application for a mega-dairy on the site of the former Lost … Continue reading 1,400 Petitions Urge Gov. Brown to Deny Easterday’s Mega-Dairy Permit
ODA considers new permit for former Lost Valley site despite reports of groundwater and soil pollution Salem, OR - The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) received a new CAFO application from Cole Easterday shortly after his father, Cody Easterday, withdrew his application upon the request of the ODA. Cole Easterday’s application tracks the previous proposal for a … Continue reading Cody Easterday’s Son Submits New Application For Oregon Mega-Dairy
Salem, OR - Oregon Department of Agriculture announced it has sent a letter asking Cody Easterday to withdraw his application for a mega-dairy on the site of the former Lost Valley Farm dairy in Boardman, Oregon. ODA determined Easterday — currently awaiting sentencing for defrauding Tyson Meat out of $244 million — was not the … Continue reading ODA Asks Cody Easterday to Withdraw Mega-Dairy Application
Salem, OR - Bravo’s Top Chef Portland will air an episode this evening spotlighting one of this season’s Oregon-based sponsors, Tillamook. While the cheese company has projected an image of sustainability and commitment to Tillamook County family farms, the vast majority of its milk comes from industrial dairy facilities — not small farms. These facilities include 70,000-cow Threemile Canyon … Continue reading Top Chef Portland’s Episode Featuring Tillamook Cheese Belies Company’s Connections With Polluting Mega-Dairies
Permit paused indefinitely as Cody Easterday pleads guilty to fraud charges The Oregon Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality have temporarily suspended work on the pending Easterday Dairy permit to open a new mega-dairy on the site of the former Lost Valley Farm mega-dairy because of legal concerns. Cody Easterday has pleaded guilty to felony fraud … Continue reading Oregon Agencies Pause Work on Easterday CAFO Permit on Former Lost Valley Farms Site.
Stand Up to Factory Farms joins dozens of community members to testify Salem, OR - At a virtual hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment just before the deadline to do so, dozens of Oregonians submitted testimony supporting the bill that would have enacted a moratorium on mega-dairies. Today’s meeting represents the last … Continue reading Mega-Dairy Moratorium Bill Garners Broad Public Support At Committee Hearing
Thanks to all your support, Senate Bill 583, which establishes a moratorium on new and expanding mega-dairies over 2,500 cows, was finally scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment this past Friday, set for April 1st. While we are excited that the bill got a hearing, Senator Beyer, the chair … Continue reading Submit Testimony in support of Mega-dairy Moratorium bill
34 organizations representing local, state and national groups just published a letter to Oregon legislators urging them to support mega-dairy moratorium bills currently introduced in the House and Senate for the 2021 legislative session. The groups represent hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, advocates, farmers, and rural communities concerned with the impacts of mega-dairies on Oregon’s … Continue reading 34 advocacy groups urge Oregon Legislature to support critical mega-dairy moratorium with letter.
Today, the Stand Up to Factory Farms coalition submitted testimony in support of House Bill 2358 that would guarantee overtime pay to essential agriculture workers in Oregon's agricultural industry, including industrial dairies. The bill is critical in addressing the dangers to frontline workers in Oregon's food system revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the testimony … Continue reading Coalition submits testimony in support of fair pay for essential agriculture workers.