Plate & Pitchfork Producer Fund
In the 1930s more than 20% of Americans owed their livelihoods to farming. Today that number is closer to 2% nationwide. In Oregon, where 97% of our farms are family owned, we are on the disturbing trend of losing farmland annually. In just a five year span we lost more than 350,000 acres. And the average age of farmers in Oregon is just shy of 60 years old -- the highest average in the country. The number of young farmers is not keeping pace with the number of farmers retiring. Farm and ranch lands provide food, rural income, employment, valuable wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge and open space.
The Plate & Pitchfork Producer Fund is committed to ensuring agricultural and food producers have the financial resources to continue doing their important work and keeping our community nourished.
The Fund is a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt recognition by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 organization.
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