WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A VOICE IN THE CAPITOL
Salem, Ore. (March 8, 2017) – In the midst of an over 1.6 billion-dollar budget shortfall, Oregon’s Legislature is filled with tension as Legislators, agencies, non-profits, and coalitions alike pour through House Bills and Senate Bills day in and day out from February 1st through July 10th.
Does any of this really matter? Is there a purpose? What can you do to help ensure your livelihood?
Natural resources are facing a variety of bills that impact them from all sides including, but not limited to the property we live on, the vehicles we drive, the animals we raise, the crops we harvest, the products we use to grow some of the best crops in the country, and the wildlife we provide homes too.
Why do organizations like the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association spend long hours in the office, researching, networking and understanding the issues that impact Oregon’s top agricultural commodity for the past three years with agriculture being the number two industry in the state behind high technology?
For those moments when Representative Barnhart addresses the over one hundred farmers and ranchers who pooled into the Capitol on March 1st to testify against House Bill 2859 with, “In other words, you win!”
Do not underestimate the power of grass roots advocacy and the ability of farmers and ranchers to be heard in our state’s Capitol! Working long hours, Executive Directors like Jerome Rosa and Political Advocates like Rocky Dallum work to find and track bills that not only directly address the ranching industry, like House Bill 2859, but also those bills that have hidden language that could result in a detrimental impact onOregon’s ranchers.
Current updates through weekly newsletters, daily social media posts, and more: it is the goal of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association to ensure that the beef industry remains as the number one agricultural commodity in Oregon for years to come and that starts with our efforts today in this Legislative session.
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.