Benton Court Ruling January 31 2014

Press Release: Protecting Local Food Rights- Benton County Citizens to Decide   Today the Benton County Local Food System Ordinance moved one step closer to petition circulation.  Judge Locke Williams agreed with the citizen petitioners that the proposed Ordinance met the procedural requirement of addressing a “single subject”  and thereby overturning the County Clerk’s denial.  After the judge determines that the Ordinance meets the “full text” requirement this coming week, the next step in the initiative process before circulation will be for the County District Attorney to prepare the ballot title and summary. The Benton County Local Food System Ordinance establishes … Continue Reading →


February 20 2014 Event

 North Albany/Adair Community Rights Discussion  Forum Kick-Off Thursday ~ February 20, 2014 What:   A community gathering to begin the discussion on how to exercise our right to a local food system and seed heritage, and establish a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and economically vibrant community in Benton County! When:  Thursday  February 20th   6:30 pm – 8 pm               Social til 8:30 pm Where:  Adair Village City Hall Community Room                     6030 NE Williams R Carr St.  Adair Village, OR Did you know that federal and state laws and over a century of court rulings have severely constrained the rights of local citizens to … Continue Reading →


Community Rights Discussion Kick-Off

What:      A community gathering to begin the discussion on how to exercise our right to a local food system and seed heritage and establish a healthy, resilient, and economically vibrant system for Benton County! Where:    First Alternative Co-op Meeting Room    1003 SW 3rd St.  Corvallis  OR  When:     Thursday   November 14th    6:30 pm – 8 pm      Social until 8:30 pm Did you know that federal and state laws and over a century of court rulings have severely constrained the rights of local citizens to decide what is best for their communities’ health, safety and welfare?  In fact, corporations now possess … Continue Reading →


Position Statement

Position Statement  October 4, 2013 Special Session Passage of Seed Preemption Bill   Many people have asked members of the Benton County Community Rights Coalition (BCCRC) for our reaction to the passage of SB863, the seed preemption bill, in the special session of the State Legislature. In short, the passage of this bill that preempts local law related to seeds and agricultural products is a brazen example of corporate control of our government. It is a law written by corporations to advance corporate interests while taking away the people’s and farmers’ right to decide how what their local food system … Continue Reading →