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Coalition urges DEQ to prevent Tillamook Mega-Dairy Supplier from Piping Methane Out Of State For Cash

April 25, 2019 (SALEM, Oregon) — A coalition of environmental, farming, and consumer groups is opposing a proposed permit from Threemile Canyon Farms mega-dairy. The permit would authorize a manure-to-energy project, greenwashing Threemile Canyon’s air-polluting emissions as renewable energy. Threemile Canyon Farms, the industrial mega-dairy that supplies Tillamook, is seeking a permit and tax-exempt bonds … Continue reading Coalition urges DEQ to prevent Tillamook Mega-Dairy Supplier from Piping Methane Out Of State For Cash

Coalition Condemns Reappointment of Mega-Dairy Exec to State Agriculture Board

Ten family farm, animal welfare, and environmental groups today sent a letter to Governor Brown, condemning the reappointment of Marty Myers, general manager of Threemile Canyon Farms for a second four-year term on Oregon’s Board of Agriculture. The groups cited Myers’ conflict of interest in influencing policy decisions by his own mega-dairy’s regulator--the Oregon Department … Continue reading Coalition Condemns Reappointment of Mega-Dairy Exec to State Agriculture Board

Statement on Tillamook Lawsuit

We support the lawsuit that consumers have brought against the Tillamook County Creamery Association regarding Tillamook’s representations about the company’s dairy products. As consumer demand grows for dairy products from animals raised humanely on sustainable family farms, the dairy industry has been doubling down on marketing efforts to trick consumers into believing that their products … Continue reading Statement on Tillamook Lawsuit

Statement Regarding Lost Valley/Easterday Farms

If Governor Brown’s Department of Agriculture has really learned the lesson of the Lost Valley disaster, it will not entertain another “too big to fail” mega-dairy permit for nearly 30,000 cows on the same site. The Lost Valley site is still polluted with millions of gallons of waste and has cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of taxpayer dollars to bring into compliance with the law. Allowing a new mega-dairy in an area with existing groundwater pollution, water scarcity, and air quality issues will only exacerbate these public health, economic, and environmental harms.