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How to double exports in 5 years

July 31, 2010 --

By American Soybean Association,

July 29, 2010… Saint Louis, Missouri… The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week suggested key steps to meeting President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) goal of doubling exports in the next five years in comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The comments came in response to a request from the Obama Administration published in the June 30, 2010, Federal Register.  “Soybeans and soybean products are the most important U.S. export commodity, with export sales exceeding $21 billion last year,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean farmer from Sidney, Ohio. “This represented over 50 percent of U.S. soybean production and 21 percent of total U.S. ag exports in 2009. In short, soybean producers are in the vanguard of efforts to improve the U.S. trade balance.”

ASA believes that achieving the NEI goal will require:

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Chinook Returns Soar, Coho Salmon Drop 64%

July 30, 2010 --

Strong returns expected for Columbia River fall salmon seasons
By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Anglers can look forward to one of the best returns of chinook salmon in several years when the fall fishing season gets under way Aug. 1 on the Columbia River.  Fisheries managers are forecasting a return of 655,000 adult fall chinook this year, which is up from a return of 429,000 chinook last year. If the run materializes as expected, it would be the largest fall chinook return since 2004.  The outlook for another popular fall fish – coho salmon – is down from last year’s banner run. Fisheries managers are forecasting that 286,600 coho will enter the mouth of the Columbia this year. That compares to a return of 721,000 in 2009.

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Senate Bill: $6M in rural Oregon projects list

July 29, 2010 --

Natural Resource Report Note:
— Projects included in the agriculture Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that has passed the Senate Senate Appropriations Committee include:

US-20 Sisters Downtown Improvements – $1,500,000
Funds will be used to reconstruct and widen sidewalks, improve pedestrian crossings by building curb extensions, and add streetscape features such as decorative lighting and landscaping in order to improve prospects for business development in the community.

U.S. Highway 97 and J Street Intersection Project in Madras – $750,000
Funds will be used to ensure a safe and efficient flow of interstate traffic through the intersection.

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Ag Exports to be 2nd-largest on Record

July 28, 2010 --

By Marri Carrow
U.S. Grains Council
Since 1960

USDA-Chief-Economist-Joseph-Glauber-SpeakingU.S. agriculture exports are projected to be second-largest on record and surpass $100 billion dollars this year, second only to 2008 when agriculture exports surpassed $110 billion, Joseph Glauber, chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told attendees of the U.S. Grains Council’s 50th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting.

“It’s a very big market,” he said.

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National “Water is Your Business” Campaign Launched

July 27, 2010 --

U.S. Chamber and National Association of Water Companies Launch ‘Water Is Your Business’ Series
— Partnership Highlights Best Practices to Improve Economic Competitiveness for Businesses
By US Chamber of Commerce

MIAMI, FL—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) today launched the “Water is Your Business” series to educate public leaders, businesses, and citizens on the importance of water infrastructure to public and environmental health, and the economic vitality of their communities. The kickoff event brought together more than 50 business leaders to examine drinking and wastewater infrastructure needs in the context of regional water management issues.

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BLM Releases Western Ore. Forest Management Report

July 26, 2010 --

By Bureau of Land Management,

WASHINGTON, DC – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey today announced the findings of the interdisciplinary Western Oregon Task Force for moving forward in the management of BLM-administered forests in western Oregon.
“The recommendations of the task force will help us develop a common vision and a sustainable future for Western Oregon forests,” said Director Abbey. “Sustainable forest management provides certainty to local economies that will in turn provide for sustainable communities. To break the cycle of agency decision followed by litigation we need collaborative solutions built together with Oregon leaders, the public, and other agencies.”

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Conference to Address Shrinking Cattle Herd

July 25, 2010 --

NCBA Summer Conference to Address Shrinking U.S. Cattle Herd
By  National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2010) The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) will be hosting its Summer Conference July 28 through Aug. 1, 2010, in Denver, Colo. According to NCBA President and Illinois cattle producer Steve Foglesong, cattle producers attending the event will receive firsthand information pertaining to issues affecting the beef industry.

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Farm Bureau scholarship winners announced

July 24, 2010 --

By Oregon Farm Bureau,

Heath Webb awarded Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial for 2010-11 Academic Year

The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce that Heath Webb of Cottage Grove was awarded the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial. This scholarship program is open any Oregon high school graduate/resident with an associate membership (or a dependent child of an associate member) in Oregon Farm Bureau.

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Lapsed Ethanol Tax Credit is a Tax Hike, not a Tax Cut

July 23, 2010 --

By Ken
National Corn Growers Association

Reading a study from Iowa State University on the possibility of losing the ethanol tax credit got me thinking, and I have learned I’m not alone in my thoughts. First, there’s this line from the summary: “Taxpayers would save more than $6 billion through elimination of the tax credit, or almost $7.00 per gallon of ethanol produced in excess of mandated amounts.”

First, ignore the fact that ISU does not explain the $7 per gallon adequately in its report. What does it mean to say that taxpayers would save? Which taxpayers? Are we all going to see a tax cut of some sort?

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Grant funds range riders to figth wolves

July 22, 2010 --

New range rider helps protect livestock from wolves: Program funded by USFWS grant
By Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife,

ENTERPRISE, Ore.—In an effort to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts in Wallowa County, a new range rider will accompany cattle grazing in areas of the Imnaha wolf pack this summer. The cooperative demonstration program between ODFW and area livestock producers is funded through a $15,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant intended to help livestock producers take pro-active, non-lethal measures to reduce the risk of wolves to livestock. While not a panacea, range riders have been shown to help reduce livestock losses to wolves in other states where they have been used.

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