Our mission is to advance climate resilience on farms in Oregon through collaboration, education, and policy advocacy. We work with farmers, researchers, technical assistance providers, non-profits, and policy makers to promote, improve, and better understand farming for climate resilience in Oregon.
OrCAN is focused on advancing farm-based solutions for climate resilience that store more carbon in the soil and work for a farmer’s bottom-line.
We envision a future where farmers and ranchers are valued for stewarding the land and providing clean water, clean air, and healthy food.
Beginning in 2017 as an informal network, OrCAN has held the unique position of advocating for agricultural solutions to climate change in Oregon’s legislature. In 2020, we organized over 300 stakeholders in support of incentivizing best practices for climate resilience on Oregon’s Farms
Today, we’re building an inclusive and collaborative producer driven network as well as an education program and continuing to advocate for policies in the state that benefit farmers.
We are part of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, the National Healthy Soils Policy Network, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Western Cover Crop Council.
Building a Collaborative, Inclusive, Producer Driven Network
We are connecting policy, research, education, and the work of farmers and ranchers on the ground so they work together. We are investing in building relationships with the organizations, agencies and individuals interested in farming for climate resilience. It is also critical that we create a network that is multicultural and inclusive as we move forward.
As a starting point, we work to better understand what's already being done in this space in Oregon and what needs to shift. We have shared what we've learned in our report Lay of the Land & Levers for Change: Farming for Climate Resilience in Oregon 2021 and Beyond
Building Capacity of Oregon’s Producers: Education Program
Farming for climate resilience looks different depending on what crops a farmer is growing, at what scale, and which markets they are selling to. We know there are Oregon farmers that are already doing the work of implementing farming practices for climate resilience on their land today. And we recognize that the best pathway to catalyze change on farms is for farmers to hear from other farmers, whom they trust and can relate to. Interested in participating? Fill out our survey here! By building our network, we’ve identified agriculture producers, like yourself, in each region of the state, representing a variety of farm sizes and types, who can provide farmer-to-farmer education, sharing best practices with their peers.
We are also collaborating with existing farmer education programs in Oregon that farmers trust and rely on—from soil and water conservation districts to beginning farmer education programs. Click here for more information on our 2022 Train the Trainer: Farming for Climate Resilience in collaboration with OSU Extension, Oregon Natural Resource Conservation Service, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Policies and Programs that Fit Farms
OrCAN is working to create systemic change by advocating for strong policy to advance climate resilience on Oregon's farms and ranches. In September 2021, the Oregon Global Warming Commission released its Natural and Working Lands Proposal which recommends that the state establish a comprehensive program to incentivize soil health practices and other climate-smart practices. OrCAN is advocating for state and federal policy to develop and implement the program, which could provide financial incentives and technical assistance to advance carbon sequestration and climate resilience on Oregon's farms and ranches.
Because climate change is already impacting Oregon’s producers, we’re also working with the state and partners in the Oregon Community Food Systems Network to provide natural disaster relief funding to Oregon farmers and ranchers. This relief fund is targeted to producers who can’t access other state and federal funding.
As these programs are developed and implemented we’ll do our best to ensure they are focused on climate resilience, practical for farmers, and support an equitable food system--engaging farmers in every step of the process.