In 2011, a tax credit intended to reward generous farmers expired, but thanks to a 2014 bill, the benefit has returned with fanfare.

In late April members of the House Republican Caucus joined Gov. John Kitzhaber to commemorate the signing of Senate Bill 1541. The bill reinstates a tax credit given to farmers who donate portions of their crops to food banks and other hunger relief organizations. Not only does the legislation reinstate the credit, it increased it. Instead of a 10 percent credit on the wholesale price of donations, farmers will now receive a 15 percent reward.

“The reinstatement of the crop donation tax credit will benefit Oregon farmers and families across the state,” said House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). “Hunger is not a partisan issue and I thank my colleagues in the Legislature as well as the governor for working together to recognize the efforts of the farming community in their fight to help their neighbors who are facing hunger.”

The Oregon Food Bank said that more than 260,000 Oregonians rely on an emergency food source for their meals. Lawmakers hope that the increased tax credit will encourage farmers to donate even more to help meet the need.

“These donations to Oregon food banks and hunger relief organizations help feed thousands,” said Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), a primary sponsor of the bill.

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