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The Oregon Outdoor Council is pleased to announce support for The Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2013.
By Oregon Outdoor Council
History and Proposal
According to O&C Lands Act of 1937 the lands are to be managed “for permanent forest production, and the timber thereon shall be sold, cut, and removed in conformity with the principal of sustained yield for the purpose of providing a permanent source of timber supply, protecting watersheds, regulating stream flow, and contributing to the economic stability of local communities and industries, and providing recreational facilities[i]”
However, according to testimony given to the (federal) Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on June 25, 2013 by:
Dr. K. Norman Jonhson, Dept of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
Dr. Jerry F. Franklin, School of Environmental Forest Science, University of Washington
“The current strategy has a limited time-frame (perhaps 15 years) until it will exhaust harvest opportunities; also, it produces only very modest payments to the counties in which these forests lie.[ii]”
Chick-Fil-A announced that, like so many others before it, the company will make the myth-based marketing maneuver to remove high fructose corn syrup from its sauce. Instead of standing for sound science and maintaining the current quality of its astoundingly popular products, these big chickens have bowed to the bogus peer pressure cited by brands when hitching their image to the anti-HFCS hype.
As Corn Commentary has pointedly examined so many times before, all sweeteners, whether they come from cane, corn or beet, are equally safe when consumed in moderation. No reputable research proves HFCS poses additional problems. No well-informed person would believe the haters’ hype after thoughtfully dissecting the data.
The Governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the Premier of British Columbia, signed a Proclamation entitled “Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy.”
The Proclamation consists of a preamble and a long set of agreements. For the most part these are statements supporting the continuation or expansion of polices already in place or, in a few cases, including Oregon’s, pledging that the state will adopt new restrictions or possibly new taxes.
Currently, Oregon is exhibiting a steady decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The great majority of Oregon GHG emissions arises from cars/trucks and power generation. Increased vehicle fuel efficiency, increased use of natural gas, and incentives for energy conservation have put the state’s GHG emissions on a continuing downward curve.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden released his long-awaited legislative proposal for reforming the management of Western Oregon’s O&C forest lands. It follows the recent passage of the bipartisan O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act resulting from a compromise forged by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden, and Kurt Schrader.
The American Forest Resource Council, Associated Oregon Loggers, Douglas Timber Operators and Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, whose members include an overwhelming majority of the Oregon forest products industry who purchase, harvest and process BLM timber to the benefit of our rural economies and communities released the following statement in response to the Senator’s announcement:
For more information on Newsline, contact: Johnna Miller, Director of Media Development, American Farm Bureau Federation email@example.com
|Miller||Farmers and ranchers – along with most of the rest of the population – are hard-pressed to find much to be thankful to Congress for this year. But American Farm Bureau transportation specialist Andrew Walmsley says there is one reason: both the House and the Senate managed to pass water resources legislation, which would update outdated locks and dams and port facilities.|
|Walmsley||They understand the importance of having this waterways infrastructure and how it fits into a national network of moving goods across the country, goods everyone needs. A lot of things move through our waterways and a lot more things move through our ports. So I think a lot of folks recognize it’s time to update these types of critical infrastructure.|
As the nation’s top producer of Christmas trees, Oregon wants to maintain its reputation for providing a clean and healthy product. With that in mind, officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture will return to Hawaii next month for a second straight year to monitor shipments of Christmas trees for any pest and disease problems.
“Last year was a challenging year for Christmas tree growers shipping trees to Hawaii and for us as the certifying agency,” says Gary McAninch, manager of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Nursery and Christmas Tree programs. “We shipped about 250 containers of trees over there and 73 were found to have pests that Hawaii did not want. Those trees had to go through a cleaning process to get rid of the pests, which were primarily slugs.”
ODA’s decision to send people back to Hawaii this season was influenced by what happened in 2012.
Natural Resource Note,
Oregon is looking to enact policy changes to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Among the items discussed was security, background checks and a $4,000 license fee. The Oregonian reports,
The requirements, crafted by state policy makers, police and marijuana advocates, are designed to provide oversight of an industry that’s long operated without interference by the state.The security rules, which draw on elements of Colorado’s medical marijuana dispensary rules, generated a spirited debate among officials on the 13-member panel, which was appointed by moderator Tom Burns, who oversees Oregon’s pharmaceutical drug program. Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature approved House Bill 3460 which creates a registry of medical marijuana retail establishments. A committee has been meeting since late September to craft rules that would govern the industry. The committee is expected to meet again before its December deadline. The state will begin accepting applications from prospective dispensary operators March 3, 2014. Amy Margolis, a Portland criminal defense attorney who sits on the panel, said she worries about the proposed requirement that dispensaries maintain 30 days of archived video surveillance. Bars and pharmacies don’t have to follow such a rule, she said.
ODA to lift temporary dinotefuran rule, replace with label restrictions
The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to lift temporary restrictions on the use of the insecticide dinotefuran, effective Dec. 24. These rules will be replaced with new, Oregon-specific label restrictions. The decision was announced on Thursday (Nov. 21) at a meeting of the House Interim Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
At that meeting, OAN Past President Carson Lord, co-owner of Tree Frog Nursery, spoke to legislators on behalf of the horticulture industry. “Neonicotinoid class insecticides are very effective when used properly,” he said. “In most instances, they offer a safer alternative for the workers who apply them and the people who park their cars under the trees where they are applied.”
The November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released by the Agriculture Department forecasts a record corn crop. November’s WASDE report projected the 2013 corn crop at 13.989 billion bushels will be a record crop, if realized, and more than a 3.2 billion bushel increase over the drought-stricken 2012 corn crop. The previous record for corn production was set in 2009.
“The seasonable fall weather across much of the nation helped late-planted crops develop and increased yield projections from the September report,” explained Todd Davis, American Farm Bureau Federation economist.
The USDA report predicts 2013-2014 corn ending stocks of 1.887 billion bushels, which is about a 130 percent increase in stocks from 2012-13.
“The ending-stocks ratio for corn is projected at 14.6 percent, which would be the largest stock-use ratio since 2005. This increase in stocks will likely cause prices to decline from a marketing-average price of $6.89 per bushel for 2012-2013 to a projected $4.50 per bushel for 2013-2014,” said Davis. The 2013 corn yield is estimated at 160.4 bushels per acre, up about 5 bushels from the last report in September.
Local Oregon foresters and craftsmen offer Woodturning Blanks for woodworking projects. Display your skills with a lathe by starting from pen blanks or bowl blanks and creating beautiful artwork. Your options expand even more when you consider the options with burl wood and wood slabs.
Finally, if you live in California, be sure to discuss your options at a Sacramento probate lawyer related to your estate and trust. Legal planning is critical, and having an attorney who comprehends probate administration and law will be invaluable!
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