Initiatives

The OOC has been working to support and develop Oregon's organic industry and community. Since its founding, key accomplishments include:

  • Organizing and reviving Organically Grown in Oregon Week (OGOW)
  • Hosting the regional meeting for National Organic Action Plan (NOAP), November 2006
  • Supporting 3 bills in the Oregon Legislature designed to bring food from local farms into Oregon schools, July 2007
  • Endorsing Oregon Tilth's application to SARE for a grant titled "Field Training to Improve Coordination Between Conservation Program Delivery and Organic Certification in Oregon, Washington and Idaho", July 2007
  • Supporting federal funding for organic research at Oregon State University
    • There are currently approximately $7 million worth of grants, which fund organic research & education at OSU. Prior to 2004, and the creation of the OOC, there were no grants related to organic at OSU.
    • OOC Support Letter for OSU Organic Cropping Project (pdf)
  • Identifying Oregonians from each sector of our state's organic industry and extending invitations to them to fill all OOC Leadership Council Positions, September 2007
  • Creation of the GMO working group in 2011, along with input from other agencies, in order to affect legislation as it pertains to GMOs.
     
  • Integrating research and practice in systems management of organic vegetable farms.
  • In 2013 the OOC created a Policy Working Group, creating a policy platform and advocating for organic policy in Oregon

  • On-going OOC advocacy activities:

    • Collect and distribute data on the organic trade, highlighting the positive economic impacts in the state (link coming soon)
    • OOC Leadership represents the trade in Quarterly Organic Stakeholder meetings with ODA
    • Drafted and signed-on to the testimony of support for Cap and Invest to include Organic Farm investments
    • Drafted and signed testimony of support for Ban on Aerial Spraying
    • Communication and outreach for Organic trade promotion—social media, email marketing campaigns and PR