Over a two-year period, Congressman Blumenauer met with a range of stakeholders in Oregon and across the country to discuss their priorities for the next Farm Bill. The “Sing Your Own Farm Bill” project, modeled on the practice of people coming together in an unrehearsed chorus to sing Handel’s Messiah, has brought together diverse voices to brainstorm how the Farm Bill could be best shaped to meet Oregon’s distinct and varied needs. Blumenauer has heard from agricultural researchers, farmworkers, nutrition advocates, conservation interests, winemakers, nurseries, small and mid-sized farmers, ranchers, processors, agricultural policy advocates, environmentalists, and more.
The project has informed this report, which details Oregon’s priorities for Farm Bill reform. It builds upon the feedback received from the public to develop a Food and Farm Bill that best reflects the values of Oregon and our nation. The content of the report is the basis for Blumenauer’s agriculture agenda in the 115th Congress to enact fundamental reform during the following reauthorization process.
Click here to view a full version of this report.