Pending Oregon Legislation Would Make State Dairy Regs Toughest in the Country
In response to the debacle surrounding Lost Valley Farm in eastern Oregon, two bills have been proposed to the state legislature that could make Oregon dairy regulations the toughest in the nation, reports the Oregon State Journal.
The bills would apply to large dairies, those with more than 2,500 cows or herds with more than 1,000 animal units that don’t have access to seasonal pasture. Both bills would declare these types of dairies as industrial operations, not farming or agricultural, and thus require more oversight.
The large farms would not qualify for exemptions under the state’s right-to-farm and other laws. And they would allow for more community input. Read more on the proposed bills here.
A coalition of animal rights and environmental groups are also calling for a moratorium on the permitting and building of large dairies in Oregon as well. The coalition includes Columbia Riverkeeper, Environment Oregon, Friends of Family Farmers, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Human Voters Oregon, Oregon Rural Action, WaterWatch of Oregon, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Factory Farm Awareness Coalition and Food & Water Watch.