Today, over 100 farmers, ranchers and foresters showed up at the Oregon State Capitol for a public hearing for House Bill 2859. Irony would have it that we just finished the wettest month in record in February and then today, March 1st, was beautiful and sunny. Guaranteed had it been rainy, we would have had twice that many at the hearing.
Brenda Frketich did a great write up about the bill earlier this week if you want to learn more about it: read it here. Or you could find it here on OLIS. With the sharing by many people on Social Media and with Oregon Farm Bureau doing a great job gathering grassroots, the natural resource community showed up!
Why? Honestly it’s simple: our way of life and livelihood was being threatened.
After over 30 farmers, foresters and ranchers testified to the Revenue Committee what this bill would do to their operation, Chair Barnhart literally said, “In other words, you win.” Because of the overwhelmingly response from the natural resource community, the committee understood the ramifications. It was the first time I had ever heard a round of applause in a committee hearing! It was fantastic!
Farmers, ranchers and foresters: great job, way to show up and make your voice and your story heard!
For a summary, see some Tweets from the day.
And for pictures of some that testified and attended, see here:
There’s a lot more to fight this legislative session unfortunately, but today I’m happy for the win.
To see submitted testimony on OLIS, see here.