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.
  • Hired lobbyist Johnathan Manton to advocate for organic agriculture and the larger organic trade in the Oregon Legislature. He has been ranked as one of the most committed to the public interest with the highest integrity, and most effective lobbyists in Oregon. He founded Sawnee Services to bridge the gap between civic-minded professionals and the public policy or strategic outcomes they need to prosper.

Oregon Organic Statistics

Oregon Organic Crops and Acreage Report 2009 (pdf)
 
Oregon Organic Crops and Acreage Report 2008 (pdf)