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Update: Lumber falls 15%, Housing up, Permits up

September 30, 2009 --

By Rick Sohn,
Umpqua Coquille LLC

Timber Industry Report, September 28, 2009

Lumber prices fell 15%, housing starts and building permits are up only slightly, and unsold inventory actually rose after falling for months.  Perhaps the brightest spot this month is the historically low mortgage interest rate.   See the 3-year price tracking for lumber, logs, housing starts, permits, unsold home inventories, and mortgage rates below.


What the numbers mean.

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Be prepared for farm tanks to receive biodiesel blended fuel

September 29, 2009 --

Oregon Department of Agriculture,

September 23, 2009… As Oregon’s biodiesel renewable fuel standard takes effect, agricultural producers throughout Oregon will receive biodiesel-blended fuel from their suppliers for their farm tanks. ODA encourages farmers and ranchers to take a few simple precautions as they begin to store and use the fuel.  The Oregon Legislature passed a bill during the 2009 session to accelerate the deadline for the 2% biodiesel renewable fuel standard. The standard has already taken effect in nine northwest Oregon counties and will take effect in the rest of Oregon after October 1.

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OSU economist debuts in film about local food movement

September 28, 2009 --

OSU economist debuts in film about local food movement
By Oregon State University Extension

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An agricultural economist at Oregon State University has hit the silver screen in a new documentary that examines and promotes the local food movement and that will show in Portland starting on Friday. In the film “Ingredients,” Larry Lev discusses the benefits and costs of buying food from local producers. He says that although some local products may cost more than food transported from large-scale commercial operations, the extra expense can be worth it. The taste can be superior, and the money shoppers spend stays in the area and contributes to the vitality of the community, he says. By shopping locally, people are also keeping agricultural land from being developed and they’re establishing close relationships with farmers and fellow consumers, he adds.

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Farm Bureau Backs Health Insurance Tax Credit

September 27, 2009 --

American Federation Farm Bureau,

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21, 2009 – Health insurance costs are an ongoing and significant expense for farmers and ranchers and must be reduced so that they do not burden farm and ranch businesses with costs they cannot afford, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told members of the Senate Finance Committee in a letter sent today. In the letter, Stallman said Farm Bureau supports tax credits to help the self-employed purchase health insurance and to help farm and ranch employers afford insurance for their employees.

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ODFW Agenda: Cougar target areas, 2010 big game regulations

September 26, 2009 --

By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Oct. 2 at ODFW Headquarters in Salem for an update regarding cougar target areas and to adopt 2010 big game hunting regulations.  The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at 3406 Cherry Ave, NE and proceeds through this agenda.

Cougar target areas

Cougar target areas are places where ODFW has been removing cougars in an attempt to reduce high levels of conflict between cougars and humans or livestock or increase big game populations where survival of young has been low and cougar depredation is believed to be a factor.

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Oregon producers sought for Chemical Use Survey

September 25, 2009 --

“NASS will contact selected Oregon producers to arrange in-person interviews for conducting the survey. As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law.”
By Agri-Business Council of Oregon

Fruit growers will be contacted this fall by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to participate in the 2009 Fruit Chemical Use Survey. NASS will survey growers in 12 states, including Oregon, to collect information on pesticides and fertilizers used, acres treated and rates applied to more than 20 fruit crops.

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Timber Sale in Klamath County

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BY Bureau of Land Management,

Klamath Falls, OR – The Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Resource Area held the Brady’s Boot Timber Sale on September 16, 2009. This tract of timber is located in Klamath County, approximately 60 miles east of Klamath Falls. The sale has an appraised value of $13,015.20 and is estimated to contain 561 thousand board feet of Ponderosa pine timber. Western juniper trees competing with pine stands will also be removed. Ed Pariera Logging was the only qualified bidder in attendance and purchased the timber for the appraised price.

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Senator Wyden: Funds to fight wildfires

September 24, 2009 --

Wyden, Merkley Join Effort to Set Aside Money to Fight Major Forest Fires
By U.S. Senator Ron Wyden,

Washington, D.C – Recognizing the high cost of fighting large-scale forest fires, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today co-sponsored an effort to set aside millions of dollars to help pay the cost of fire suppression on federal land.  “These large fires are not only devastating to forests, wildlife and property, they are causing havoc with budgets, forcing the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to take money from other programs to pay for wildfire suppression,” Wyden said. “A better approach would be to create a long-term reserve fund that is dedicated specifically for emergency wildfire suppression, avoiding the need to go into other pots of money when costs get too high.”

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Congressman Walden: Hermiston Water Bill Moves

September 23, 2009 --

Walden’s Hermiston water solution clears House unanimously
By Congressman Greg Walden,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A plan led by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) for federal help in a new wastewater reuse system in Hermiston to benefit the community, farmers, and fish passed the House of Representatives unanimously this afternoon. The bill, H.R. 2741, would authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to design, plan, and construct water recycling facilities in Hermiston.

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Coho passing Willamette Falls in record numbers

September 22, 2009 --

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife,

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fishery managers for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were expecting banner returns this year, but the number of coho passing over Willamette Falls is exceeding even the most optimistic forecasts. For the past week, ODFW’s fish monitoring station at Willamette Falls has been logging some of the largest returns since the facility began keeping records in 1946.

As of Sept. 13, 2,979 adult coho had crossed the falls on their way to spawning grounds in the upper Willamette and its tributaries.

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