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Farm Bureau responds to Obama Congressional speech

February 28, 2009 --

American Farm Bureau Federation Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding President Obama’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress “America’s farm and ranch families believe strong economic policies that lead to a productive and prosperous agricultural economy will help fuel a turnaround for the entire nation. Aspects of the stimulus measure President Obama recently signed into law offer vital economic support in the areas of rural development, rural transportation infrastructure and renewable fuels – three keys to a rural recovery. We look forward to working with President Obama on ways Rural America can help spur our nation’s economic recovery.

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Salmon forecast released

February 27, 2009 --

Pacific Fishery Management Council Releases Salmon Abundance Forecasts For 2009 Fishing Seasons

Pacific Fishery Management Council– Scientists from the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Salmon Technical Team have tallied the number of spawning fish that returned in 2008 and have completed their forecast of 2009 salmon numbers. Council Vice Chairman Mark Cedergreen of Westport, Washington notes that “The forecasts are a mixed bag. The high number of Columbia River hatchery coho should be good news for Washington and northern Oregon fisheries, but California fisheries are facing another very low Sacramento River fall Chinook return.”

2009 Salmon Abundance Estimates

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Why Oregon Ag still matters. A look at the numbers.

February 26, 2009 --

General increase in Commodities for 2008
By Doris Christian,
Natural Resource Report Writer,

With only a few downturns in commodites such as Spearmint, Oregon growers have increased their crops overall.  Such examples reported are: Winter Wheat up 18%; Spring Wheat 30% and Peppermint up 2%.  Although potatoes fell slightly, the growers locked in a contract price which nearly doubled over 2008. Marion County leads in overall farm sales, followed by Clackamas and then Washington Counties.  Led by the nursery industry at $998 million, there are eight commodities with values exceeding the $100 million mark this past year.

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What the State Budget cuts mean for agriculture

February 25, 2009 --

By Oregonians For Food and Shelter,
ENewsletter

The Budget Continues to be the Challenge

Legislators want to spend money and they have none to spend.  What a dilemma!!    The most recent Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast was released today.  View the 2-20-09 Economic Forecast.  Last week was extremely busy.  The Farm Bureau, Wheat Growers, Board of Agriculture and OFS Boards were all in town.  Also, legislation of interest to OFS is beginning to surface from Legislative Counsel in the form of drafts.  Other legislation of interest will also be available for OFS staff to review very soon.  It appears the Legislative Council log jam has finally broken.

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Oregon a leader in Biodegradable coffins

February 24, 2009 --

Alyssa Williams,
Natural Resource Report Writer

Afraid of leaving a carbon footprint when you leave for the hereafter?  Well, look no further than Cynthia Beal’s Natural Burial Company in Eugene, Ore., the foremost distributor for biodegradable coffins in North America.   The Natural Burial Company gives Portland and other U.S. cities alike more inexpensive, personalized and natural burial alternatives. Portland’s Mt. Scott Funeral Home now provides clients an option of biodegradable caskets or natural cremation containers and a no-embalming choice. Beal also has a shop in north Portland where you can buy her recycled paper “ecopods.”

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Oregon farmers, ranchers gross record $4.9 Billion in 2008

February 23, 2009 --

Oregon State University,
Extension Service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon’s farmers and ranchers grossed an estimated $4.9 billion in 2008 – the largest total in the state’s history and the sixth consecutive year of sales growth, according to a new report by Oregon State University.  The total is a 1.2 percent increase from a revised figure of $4.8 billion generated in 2007, said the annual report, which was released by the OSU Extension Service today.

“The slight improvement in gross sales in 2008 is a result of increases in most crop and livestock sectors, which offset decreases in ornamental crops, farm forest products and cattle,” said Larry Burt, an OSU Extension economist and lead author of the report.

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BLM Transfers Land to the State for its 150th Birthday!

February 22, 2009 --

Bureau of Land Management,

Bend, OR – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL), announced the transfer of 640 acres to the State of Oregon in Crook County. The 640acre parcel is commonly referred to as the Juniper Canyon parcel. The Juniper Canyon parcel is located approximately six miles south of Prineville, Oregon, the seat of Crook County.

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American Farm Bureau statement on stimulus

February 21, 2009 --

Weekend national news focus:

American Farm Bureau Federation – “The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with the broadband, renewable energy and tax provisions contained in the stimulus package that was signed by President Barack Obama today. These provisions will help the agriculture industry and all Americans through the economic recovery period.

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OFS defends one of Oregon’s most commonly used herbicides before EPA

February 20, 2009 --

Terry L/ Witt, Director
Oregonians for Food & Shelter
Comments to the EPA on 2,4-D.

OFS is a 29 year old, Board-directed, non-profit coalition of more than 13,000 individuals, organizations and businesses in Oregon that support the efficient production of quality food and wood fiber while protecting human health, personal property and the environment through the integrated (IPM) and responsible use of lawful pest management products, soil nutrients and biotechnology.

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No spring chinook season on Deschutes River

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Dept. of Fish and Wildlife –Deschutes River fisheries managers have announced that there will not be a spring chinook fishery on the river in 2009, though officials will be proposing a fall chinook season later in the year.

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