The Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, lead the Oregon Team. Our steering committee includes representatives from non-profit organizations, farm and food businesses, public agencies, OSU Extension, and others actively building and supporting local and regional food systems in Oregon. Our objectives are to update existing assessments, build on our current food system networks, and expand the reach of training and technical assistance programs to new regions and communities. We will also identify Oregon priorities in the RFBC’s four theme areas, collaborating with theme teams to design and deliver Oregon-relevant programs for farms and food businesses.
The Steering Committee is comprised of members that correspond to the four NW and Rocky Mountain Regional Food Business Development Center thematic food system stakeholder groups – infrastructure investment, animal protein, climate smart agriculture supply chains and food entrepreneurship – and the two co-lead state partners – Colorado State University and Colorado Department of Agriculture. All State Steering Committee members represent key stakeholders and sectors, underserved communities, and experts in key subject matters of relevance to our state and the project.