FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Jonathan Lockwood
 Communications Director
971-645-2140
Jonathan.Lockwood@OregonLegislature.gov

 
 Senate cheers cider industry by leveling playing field
 
SALEM, Ore.-Today, the Senate unanimously passed a bill sponsored by state Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, that will help lower barriers to entry in the cider industry and bring agritourism to the Oregon countryside. 

Senate Bill 677 ensures farmers who grow cider fruit have a path to process and sell the crops they grow. The cider industry will now follow the same framework as do Oregon grape growers. The bill was based off ORS 215.452, but simply changes the "wine" and "grapes" language to "cider," "apples" and "pears."  
 
Olsen lauded the Senate and released the following statement:
 
"Oregon's cider industry is booming! By helping promote growth and encourage growers we will see more job growth and opportunity in the Oregon countryside. Oregon's cider industry and cider lovers alike had a win today and our communities will benefit too."
 
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For interview requests or commentary please contact Olsen spokesman Jonathan Lockwood at Jonathan.Lockwood@OregonLegislature.gov or 971-645-2140.
 
 


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