This bill was originally introduced as requiring the State Department of Agriculture to study confined animal feeding operations (CAFO), and to submit findings to Legislature. However, -1 amendment stops all operations upon renewal of license until adequate study is completed and addressed through laws and rules. It is written as if the study was already shown to need restrictions, so any study will be geared towards controlling CAFO, and not an objective study of what they are already doing right.
Directs the Department of Environmental Quality and the State Department of Agriculture to not issue or renew a license or permit to allow the construction or operation of new industrial CAFO, additions or expansion of existing CAFO, or additions or expansions of existing livestock farm that would cause it to become an industrial CAFO.
The definition of CAFO would apply to any large farming operation. The supporters of this bill do not understand farming operations or how much this would impact the food chain. Food prices are high now, this bill affects beef, pork, dairy, chickens, laying hens, turkeys, ducks, milk, cheese, eggs and all the by-products.
Any study restricting farming practices will have a domino effect on the economy, impacting low income and homeless the hardest.
This bill is terrible. As an agricultural producer in the state of Oregon, this will be detrimental to the Ag industry. No one knows and understands the farm practices as well as the producers. The agencies proposed to conduct these studies are not qualified or well represented. The producer puts an incredible amount of time and research into the care and practices of their operation. A high quality end product is the ultimate goal. Farmers and Ranchers already face so much opposition in regards to costs, restrictions and low return payouts. The passing of this bill will lead to the end of ranching and farming in Oregon as we know it. If your goal is to continue to make the ag industry nearly impossible for producers, if your goal is to drive ag and livestock producers from the state of Oregon (as many have left already), then by all means – pass those bill.
If you want legitimate information on these operations – go straight to the producer- cut out the unreasonable and unnecessary cost and time of studys to lead to further restrictions
Livestock producers in Oregon are vehemently opposed to this bill and what it leads to. They’re just too busy feeding and caring for their livestock in a cold, muddy spring to be able to show up and testify to this.
Although I understand the concerns of some CAFO situations, as a veterinarian in Oregon, I fear this bill, should it pass, will have detrimental repercussions to many animals. This couple potential cause animals to be exposed to the elements, instead of being brought inside during storms. Calving/lambing/foaling outside vs in the safety of a barn. Furthermore, what about kids with one or two 4-H animals . They are kept in a stall and doted on for their entire lives-spoiled and loved- this bill might affect that too, which will hurt children, schools, communities and animals. Please don’t pass this bill, it will be to the detriment of many animals.
This bill will have only negative effects. Besides the Oregon farmers.
This bill is terrible. As an agricultural producer in the state of Oregon, this will be detrimental to the Ag industry. No one knows and understands the farm practices as well as the producers. The agencies proposed to conduct these studies are not qualified or well represented. The producer puts an incredible amount of time and research into the care and practices of their operation. A high quality end product is the ultimate goal. Farmers and Ranchers already face so much opposition in regards to costs, restrictions and low return payouts.We are not a communist country, yet. We are a Republic and having the right to grow, raise and hamper working Oregonians should not be infringed on by elected government bureaucrats using a thinly veiled attempt at to promote socialism and take away Citizen’s rights.
More reasons to move the border. Give rural Oregon a voice, merge into Idaho!