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.
February 23, 2021 - The Stand Up to Factory Farms coalition submitted testimony to the Oregon Senate committee on Natural Resources and Wildfire Recovery urging the committee not to pass Senate Bill 151, The Bovine Manure Tax Credit. In the testimony the coalition said the bill "incentivizes and props up unsustainable mega-dairies in Oregon to … Continue reading Coalition submits testimony against biogas tax credit for mega-dairies
Amid fraud allegations, bankrupt mega-dairy operator illustrates why a moratorium is necessary Salem, OR - After Easterday Ranches’ and Easterday Farms’ sudden bankruptcy declarations, the Stand Up to Factory Farms coalition has sent a letter urging the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Quality to use their authority to deny Easterday Farms Dairy’s … Continue reading Coalition urges State of Oregon to deny Easterday mega-dairy permit
“Imaginary cow” scandal shines spotlight on urgent need for a mega-dairy moratorium Salem, OR - Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. is suing Easterday Ranches after losing more than $225 million dollars in imaginary feed, calves and cattle. The scandal came to light as Easterday expects to receive a draft permit any day from the Oregon Department … Continue reading Easterday Fraud Allegations Dispel ‘Lone Bad Actor’ Mega-Dairy Myth
Stand Up To Factory Farms coalition urges immediate action to protect Oregon’s climate and communities from mega-dairy pollution. Salem, OR - Thanks to groundbreaking legislation introduced by Representative Rob Nosse and Senator Michael Dembrow, a much-needed moratorium on new and expanding industrial dairies above 2,500 cows has a chance to see the light of day. … Continue reading Mega-dairy moratorium bills introduced in Oregon state legislature.
Oregon Water Resources Commission declines to protect groundwater from unlimited use by mega-dairies despite significant support for restrictions Salem, OR - On December 15th, the Oregon Water Resources Commission unanimously denied a rulemaking petition submitted by Stand Up to Factory Farms that would limit the amount of water mega-dairies can use without a permit under … Continue reading State rejects petition to protect Oregon’s water resources from mega-dairies.
Governor’s written refusal comes as Oregon considers a permit for a new 30,000-head mega-dairy Salem, OR - Two months after eastern Oregon residents and members of the Stand Up To Factory Farms coalition met with Governor Kate Brown to ask that she use her executive authority to enact an immediate moratorium on mega-dairies, Governor Brown … Continue reading Governor Brown Rejects Urgent Demand for Statewide Mega-Dairy Moratorium.
On December 1st the Stand Up To Factory Farms coalition submitted additional comments in support of their original petition to the Oregon Water Resources Commission to limit the amount of water mega-dairies can use in two critical groundwater areas under an exemption from permit requirements for “stockwatering.” The comments were in response to comments from opponents … Continue reading Coalition urges OR Water Resources Commission to narrow the stockwatering exemption.