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Local growers seeing upswing

February 28, 2011 --

Local growers seeing upswing
–Growers reporting signs of recovery
By Curt Kipp
Oregon Association of Nurseries

Nursery growers in Oregon are reporting signs of recovery from the sour economy, according to Mateusz Petrowski of the Capital Press (Salem, Ore.). Consumers are more confident, and as a result, retailers are placing their orders earlier in the season. However, there’s still some concern that independent garden centers are understocking their shelves, and missing out on sales as a result of it. Read the full article.

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Ag being cut 22%, everyone else only 10%

February 27, 2011 --

The American Soybean Association Sees  Disproportionate Cuts to Agriculture in the House Continuing Resolution
The American Soybean Association

February 16, 2011…Saint Louis, Missouri… The American Soybean Association (ASA) today expressed its concern with the disproportionate cuts in agriculture spending in H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. On Feb. 15, ASA, joined by 31 other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Norman Dicks (D-WA) expressing concern that H.R. 1 cuts to agriculture are more than double the amount proposed to be cut in overall non-defense discretionary spending.

“While we understand the bill’s efforts to decrease discretionary spending, we are concerned that agriculture is being required to absorb a disproportionate amount of the cuts,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind.

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ODFW plant give-away this Wednesday

February 26, 2011 --

ODFW plant give-away this Wednesday
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

ROSEBURG, Ore. – On Tuesday, March 1, Douglas County gardeners and nature enthusiasts can celebrate spring with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual plant give-away. The event is 9 am – 1 pm at the ODFW Roseburg office, 4192 N. Umpqua Highway. Gardeners are limited to three plants per person.

The free plants provide forage for big game, birds, amphibians, reptiles and various mammals. It also gives people an alternative to artificial wildlife feeding.

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Farm Bureau scholarships due March 1st

February 25, 2011 --

Scholarships available through the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation
By Oregon farm Bureau

The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce that applications are available for two scholarship programs for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year.

Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarships (OFBMS) with 10-12 awards annually are open to any Oregon high school graduate preparing for an agriculture or forestry-related career. Students attending institutions outside of Oregon are also eligible. The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship program is to “Support students that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agriculture-related fields”. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2011.

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EPA Plan to regulate dust creates fumes


NCBA: Study Shows Costly Consequences of Regulating Dust
By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2011) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current review of National Ambient Air Quality Standards of the Clean Air Act could result in the regulation of coarse particulate matter (dust) at levels as low as 65-85 µg/m3, or twice as stringent as the current standard. In anticipation of a proposed rule on this issue, NCBA contracted with Dr. John Richards, Ph.D., P.E. of Air Quality Control Techniques to study the likely effects regulating dust at such stringent levels would have on attainment and nonattainment regions throughout the United States. The study concluded that moving forward with regulating dust at anticipated levels would bring vast areas of the United States into nonattainment or to the brink of nonattainment.

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OSU $4 million climate change grant

February 24, 2011 --

OSU $4 million climate change grant
— OSU to study farming methods in bid to curb, adapt to climate change
By Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been named a partner on a $20 million grant to ensure the long-term viability of cereal-based farming in the inland Pacific Northwest amid a changing climate. OSU will receive $4 million of the total award, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today in Washington, D.C. The other participants are the University of Idaho, Washington State University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

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House eases laws on farmers’ markets

February 23, 2011 --

House eases laws on farmers’ markets
By Oregon House Democrat Caucus

HB 2336 eases regulations of farmers who sell their own products.   The Oregon House passed HB 2336, which supports farmers’ markets by modernizing state laws regulating farmers markets and direct sales by farmers to the public.

“Farmers’ markets have become an increasingly popular source for farmers to market their goods and for consumers to purchase fresh and healthy produce,” said Representative Brian Clem (D-Salem) a key supporter of the bill. “From my perspective, we should do all we can to help family farmers continue to sell their safe and healthy produce to the Oregonians that support them.”

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NEW DEQ water rules may damage Oregon economy

February 22, 2011 --

New Water Quality Standards Threaten Oregon’s Economy
By Oregon Prosperity Project

Water quality standards are designed to protect human health from toxic pollutants that may accumulate in Oregon’s fish and water sources. Oregon’s high water quality standards currently do the job of protecting Oregonians’ health while also allowing key economic industries to play a vital role in our state’s economy.

But what happens when regulators go overboard? Industries are shut down. Jobs are lost. Entire communities are devastated.

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Trends in Oregon green transportation jobs, wages

February 21, 2011 --

Trends in Oregon green transportation jobs, wages
By Oregon Employment Department

Oregon was awarded a $1.25-million Green Jobs Labor Market Information Improvement Grant in December 2009 aimed at increasing the state’s understanding of green jobs. One goal of the grant is to identify Oregon’s green sectors and track employment and wages in those sectors over time. The transportation sector is the fifth to be studied under the grant.

There are a number of groups throughout Oregon involved in identifying and measuring green sectors in the state. One of those groups – the Oregon Green Jobs Council – is legislatively responsible for, among other things, identifying high-demand green industries in Oregon. The Oregon Green Jobs Council has identified green transportation as one such industry.

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China saving U.S. timber with 150% growth

February 20, 2011 --

By Wood Resources International LLC

China has come to the rescue for many sawmills and timberland owners in the US and Canada the past year. The value of softwood logs and lumber shipped from North America to China is estimated to reach over 1.6 billion US dollar in 2010, which is up dramatically from just a few years ago. In 2008, total exports were valued at 350 million dollars, while they were only 125 million dollars five years ago.

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