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Exotic animal deadline nears as state ends future owners

November 30, 2010 --

ODA prepares to phase out new permits for exotic animals
No new permits will be issued as of January 2011
By Oregon Department of Agriculture

Ocelots, lemurs, and Fennec foxes are not going extinct in Oregon. But new state exotic animal permits that allow these species to be owned and held by individuals are about to go by way of the dinosaur. As directed by the 2009 State Legislature, no new permits will be issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture as of January 2011.

“Oregon’s exotic animal permit law requires people wanting to own certain species to obtain a permit from ODA,” says State Veterinarian Dr. Don Hansen. “However, after the first of the year, the law will prohibit ODA from issuing any new permits. We will continue to renew existing permits to qualified owners, but people only have until January 1, 2011 to apply. Anyone who owns these types of animals needs to be permitted right now. That permit comes with the caveat that they owned these animals through this entire past year but just didn’t have them permitted.”

The message is clear for anyone involved with exotic animals or contemplating owning one.

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The label war over words “sweet” and “natural”

November 29, 2010 --

NW Law FirmCan Business Lawyers Afford to Practice “Defensively”?
Stoel Rives LLP
by Richard Goldfarb

Two news items are our topic today:  Ben & Jerry’s removed the term “all natural” from its ice cream and was immediately sued by someone; and some people are labelling ordinary onions as “sweet” and charging a premium for them.

First, “natural.”  The FDA, of course, has declined to define “natural” outside of the context of flavorings (where its regulations are already lengthy).  Here is what Tom Standage, bestselling author of “An Edible ble History of Humanity,” has to say:

Accordingly, almost none of the food we eat today can truly be described as natural.  Nearly all of it is the result of selective breeding–unwitting at first, but then more deliberate and careful as farmers propogated the most valuable characteristics found in the wild to create new, domesticated mutants better suited to human needs.

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Movie takes a twist on Global Warming

November 28, 2010 --

Movie takes a twist on Global Warming

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New rules for hunting dogs and raptors

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Public meetings on revised dog and raptor training rules
By Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife,

SALEM, Ore.—ODFW will host several public meetings to present proposed new rules related to the training of hunting dogs and raptors and competitive field trials for hunting dogs. The purpose of the revision is to relax and clarify the current rules, which are inconsistent with most commercial and recreational dog and raptor training taking place. For example, dog trainers have been releasing their privately-raised game birds (pheasants, chukars) to train their hunting dogs without realizing that a permit is needed to release the birds. State statute defines game birds by taxonomic family and the term “wildlife” includes all game birds, meaning no distinction is made between captive-raised and wild-born birds.

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Gov. Swarzenegger hosts Climate Action Coalition

November 27, 2010 --

Gov. Swarzenegger hosts Climate Action Coalition

At the conclusion of the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 ( GGCS 3 ), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined several prominent leaders from around the world to announce a first-of-its-kind, innovative subnational public-private alliance that will work toward climate change solutions and building the global green economy: R20 — Regions of Climate Action. Composed of subnational governments and private and nongovernment partners, R20 is a global coalition committed to fast tracking the development of clean technologies, climate resilient projects and green investment, and influencing national and international policies.

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Private hatcheries create 26,000 jobs in the West

November 26, 2010 --

By Western Regional Aquaculture Center,

FORT COLLINS – A recently completed study by researchers at Colorado State University showed that angler spending supported by the Aquacultural Suppliers of Recreational Fish ( ASRF ) in the Western region of the United States contribute about $1.9 billion in output and more than 26,000 jobs to the economy of the states in the region. The Western region includes Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Results showed that every dollar of recreational fish sales can be traced to $36 of economic activity, and every $1 million spent on ASRF products is associated with nearly 500 jobs in the Western region. Locally, this implies that production from Colorado recreational fish producers results in an estimated total economic contribution of more than a quarter-billion dollars and about 3,500 jobs.

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You are paying more this Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010 --

Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Up Slightly in 2010
By American Farm Bureau Federation

WASHINGTON, D.C.,  – Menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased about 1.3 percent in price this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF’s 25th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $43.47, a 56-cent price increase from last year’s average of $42.91. This year’s meal is actually $1.14 cheaper than what shoppers paid two years ago, when the total was $44.61.

“While this year’s meal remains a bargain, at less than $4.35 per person, America’s farmers and ranchers are perhaps most proud of the quality and variety of the food they produce for America’s dinner table,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas. “Our farm and ranch families are honored knowing that again this year Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with their families around the traditional feast. It is fitting that the food we produce from our land is a focal point of our nation’s thankful celebration of its collective bounty.”

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Sen. Merkley animal crush video ban reaches Obama’s desk

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Merkley’s Bill to Ban Animal Torture Videos Heads to President’s Desk for Signature
November 22, 2010

Washington, D.C. – The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, a bill introduced by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley with Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Richard Burr (R-NC), passed the Senate unanimously Friday evening and will now to go President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The bipartisan bill criminalizes the creation, sale, distribution, advertising, marketing, and exchange of animal crush videos.

“These crush videos are deplorable depictions of the torture and killing of animals and have no place in American society,” Merkley said. “I’m proud that we were able to send a bill to the president that successfully protects both animals and free speech.”

Crush videos are sexual fetish videos of women mutilating small animals with their feet. A 2009 Supreme Court decision ruled that a previous law banning sale of the videos was overly broad.

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$26M in grants to 1000 Oregon farmers

November 23, 2010 --

USDA Conservation Program Payments and New Sign-up Announced for Oregonians Improving Natural Resources on Working Lands
United States Department of Agriculture

PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 8, 2010) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will begin issuing $26.8 million in payments under the Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Security programs to over 1,200 farmers and ranchers in Oregon to help maintain and improve the natural resources on their land. Farmers, ranchers, organic producers and non-industrial private forest landowners interested in applying for this year’s Conservation Stewardship Program have until January 7, 2011. “By taking steps to enhance the quality of their land, farmers and ranchers are helping to preserve their land and their way of life for generations to come,” Vilsack said. “These landowners should be commended for their commitment to environmental stewardship.”
The 2008 Farm Bill replaced the Conservation Security Program with the Conservation Stewardship Program, which is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Conservation Stewardship Program offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland.

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Oregon wind power gets blowback

November 22, 2010 --

Oregon wind power and wind energy projects gets bad blowback
Natural Resource Report News Note:

Oregon’s ever expanding wind power farms has been one of the most heralded political achievements in the state.   Now there is  citizen opposition efforts against wind energy and wind power projects being led out of health concerns over noise, stress and  lights.  The public turning on these wind projects is putting at risk millions of development dollars that seemed inevitable years prior .

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