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Scotch broom. One of Oregon’s most noxious plants

May 31, 2009 --

Oregon State University Extension Service: CORVALLIS, Ore. – Although admired for its yellow blooms, the Scotch broom shrub has become an invasive species throughout the Pacific Northwest, where it competes with native plants and forms dense stands that are difficult to manage and remove.Scotch broom was introduced from Europe as a garden ornamental by early settlers of the Pacific Coast.

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Climate Change Legislation: Benefits Must Outweigh Costs

May 30, 2009 --

By John Hart
American Farm Bureau Federation

The talk on Capitol Hill is not to expect climate change legislation to become law this year, but do expect Congress to take action before the 2010 elections. Any delay in sweeping climate change legislation is welcome news for America’s farmers and ranchers because whatever action Congress takes could have a profound and permanent impact on production agriculture.

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Oregon Cattlemen Legislative Update

May 29, 2009 --

Oregon Cattlemen Association,

Items reviewed in this article:
1, Brand Bill Heads for Full Senate Vote
2. Landowner Preference Passes panel
3. Wolf Control Up to ODF&W
4. Wildlife Services Budget Help!
5. Provisions for Humane Special Agents Passes Committee
6. Omnibus Land Use/Big Look Bill Passes House

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Oregon Wildfire season 2009: Expectations, preparations

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By Oregon Department of Forestry

When asked to characterize the upcoming wildfire season, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire managers are likely to fall back on Nobel physicist Niels Bohr’s maxim, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” That’s not to say they don’t try. There are dozens of scientific indicators to pore over prior to the summer – weather trends (El Nino/La Nina), snowpack levels, forest fuel moisture content, et al. But the most critical factor in the equation plays out real-time: the weather during fire season.

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Congressman Walden: 2nd attempt to save biomass shut down

May 28, 2009 --

Congressman Greg Walden reiterates that scientists see ban on turning federal biomass into energy as pointless
From Congressman Greg Walden (R-Oregon)

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Oregon Nurseries applaud Energy Conservation Act

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Nursery Association Praises Congresswoman Doris Matsui For The Energy Conservation Through Trees Act
By Association of Oregon Nurseries,

[May 26, 2009] The Oregon Association of Nurseries applauded the inclusion of the Energy Conservation Through Trees Act as part of the larger American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The larger bill, which was approved Thursday (May 21) by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, will now proceed to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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OIA: Land use bills in the Legislature

May 27, 2009 --

By Dave Hunnicutt,
Oregonians In Action

Despite Oregon’s economic troubles and problems with high unemployment, the legislature is spending time debating and passing land use bills.  Although no land use bill has received approval from both the Oregon House and Oregon Senate as of late April, there are a few land use bills that are expected to pass, including bills that could have significant impacts on rural property owners.  Here is a list of some ofthe major land use bills currently making their way through the legislature, and Oregonians In Action’s position on each bill:

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Pacific Seafood leads industry in traceability

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Company’s Proprietary Tracking System Follows Fish from Dock to Dinner Table
Pacific Seafood

PORTLAND, Ore. – Pacific Seafood, a family-owned seafood company based in Portland, Ore., is leading the seafood industry in implementing traceability practices with its Automated Production Control© (APC) tracking system. The system helps protect consumers and the health of the industry, while addressing recent food safety concerns and consumers’ growing demand that seafood processors can identify the source of the seafood they are selling.

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Timber Update: Biomass, old growth ban, spotted owl

May 26, 2009 --

Items reviewed: Unemployment, biomass, old-growth ban, stimulus wood, spotted owl, Federal GVW Reform and more
by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manger
Associated Oregon Loggers,

New Economy=Record Unemployment: There’s been a total failure of liberal claims about Oregon’s so-called, diversified “New Economy”—characterized by high tech, services and tourism.  In March, Oregon’s New Economy was shamed with the nation’s worst unemployment rate—12.1%. Oregon’s unemployment is its worst since OR records began in 1947, and matched the early-1980s recession.  State economists say the meteoric rise (5-months of a point-per-month climb) is unusual and unexpected.  After the 1980 recession walloped Oregon, progressives promoted their New Economy, and said manufacturing, agriculture and forest products were less important economic drivers.  As it turns out, the politically-correct high tech, services and tourism failed to save Oregon.

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Indirect Land Use Scheme Defies Reality

May 25, 2009 --

American Farm Bureau Federation,

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2009 – Agriculture and energy groups said today that indirect land use calculations should not be used to regulate the production of renewable fuels, calling the idea “a theory that defies reality.” The comments were made in a letter sent by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union and Growth Energy to House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (Okla.) in support of ‘The Renewable Fuel Standard Improvement Act’ (H.R. 2409).

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