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Record farm income in 2012?

August 31, 2012 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation

How can net farm income set a record considering the severity of the drought? AFBF Economist Todd Davis explains in this report from AFBF’s Johnna Miller & American Farm Bureau Economist Todd Davis.

Miller: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting record-setting net farm income for 2012.

The most recent estimate actually shows net farm income increasing about 4 percent from last year. I think the greatest surprise is this is a massive drought and a lot of people that are not involved in agriculture would be shocked to think that a drought and net farm income increases go together.

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200 wild horses to be captured by helicopter

August 30, 2012 --

By Bureau of Land Management

On August 20, 2012, a BLM Lakeview District staff member and a local permittee discovered that horses in the Paisley Desert Herd Management Area (HMA) had been out of water for a few days.  Hauling water to horses at dry waterholes began on August 22, 2012. Access in this area is difficult and the expectation of the loss of resources such as engines and water tenders to fire emergencies, led to the decision to remove horses from the HMA.

The BLM determined that the emergency removal of the Paisley Desert wild horse herd is needed to ensure their survival until fall/winter moisture comes. Congregating on limited water sources and traveling great distances to other water sources will begin to negatively affect the horses’ health.

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Water Tax on farmers stopped

August 29, 2012 --

Oregonians In Action Defeats New Tax on Rural Property Owners
By Dave Hunnicutt,
Oregonians In Action

In April, we reported on a plan by the Oregon Water Resources Department (WRD) to impose an “exempt use well fee” that would apply to every rural property owner in Oregon with a domestic well.

As we reported, the WRD planned to ask the Oregon legislature to create a new annual tax for every rural Oregon homeowner with a well. The WRD, like all state agencies, currently receives its funding from the state general fund, which is composed primarily of money which the state generates from income taxes paid by Oregon citizens.

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California to vote on genetic food label measure

August 28, 2012 --

by Cathryn
Corn Commentary
National Corn growers Association

Hypocrisy has a strange way of coming to light during campaign season. For candidates and for ballot initiatives alike, the in-congruent motivations of the groups promoting a particular vote often tanks what, at first glance, seemed to be a positive, simple campaign. A ruling last week clarifying the ballot language to be used on California Proposition 37, the GMO-labeling law, brought the hypocritical intentions of the measures proponents to the forefront.

Simply, Prop. 37 backers claim consumers have a right to know if the food they purchase contains any ingredients which have been genetically modified. Playing off public fears of the unknown, they appeal to mass hysteria instead of the reasoned, scientific judgment of relevant authorities, including the World Health Organization and American Medical Association, that genetically engineered crops pose no health risk.

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Oregon evades 38 state West Nile Virus outbreak

August 27, 2012 --

Natural Resource Note:

The Center for Disease control reports that West Nile Virus levels are at historic highs.   There have been 1,118 cases in38 states, but Oregon and Washington have been spared in 2012 so far.   In Texas, 41 people have died.   These cases carry greater meaning because the season is still early for expected rise.  Chart below from the CDC.

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7 governors request ethanol waiver

August 26, 2012 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The request for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate is gaining even more traction across the country, with Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) announcing that his state is joining the coalition. Texas joins more than 180 members of Congress, the governors of Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico and North Carolina, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and other livestock groups in requesting that relief from high corn prices be brought to the thousands of producers who are struggling to feed their animals amid the worst drought in roughly 50 years.

“Texas is the largest beef cattle state in the country. By Gov. Perry announcing that his state is joining this coalition and expressing their support for waiving the RFS, it’s evident that cattlemen and women nationwide are continuing to experience the negative effects of this drought,” said Bob McCan, NBCA Vice President and cattleman from Victoria, Texas. “The coalition’s request is simple — EPA must waive the RFS. The mandate creates an uneven playing field for farmers and ranchers, and has directly affected the cost of feed in agricultural parts of the country, which could lead to an increase in food prices for consumers.”

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Ethanol group comments on Romney’s energy plan

August 25, 2012 --

Renewable Fuels Association

In response to Governor Romney’s support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and market access for alternative fuels in his energy plan released today, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Romney’s commitment to domestic renewable fuels and his recognition of the importance of the RFS. The RFS is helping to reduce America’s reliance on imported oil and create hundreds of thousands of jobs all across rural America. By working to remove barriers to market access for renewable fuels, as Governor Romney suggests, America can help spur an economic recovery while securing our energy future. We look forward to hearing more details of Governor Romney’s energy ideas as the campaign continues.”

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Farm Bill Now coalition raises Sept. deadline alarm

August 24, 2012 --

National Association of Wheat Growers 

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and 38 other national agricultural organizations issued a statement Wednesday regarding the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September.

The coalition of groups, using the name Farm Bill Now, comprises associations and coalitions representing commodity crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, state and local governments, minor crops, energy and biobased product groups, farm cooperatives and financial groups, as well as the nation’s two largest farm groups, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union.

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500 tons of hay donated to wildfire victims in Oregon

August 23, 2012 --

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, as a part of the RESTOR Task Force, made emergency deliveries of nearly 500 tons of donated hay on Wednesday, August 15 to fire affected families in Eastern Oregon. This hay will assist in caring for their livestock after the devastating fires destroyed feed sources on ranch and grazing land.

17 semi trucks were donated to make this delivery possible and traveled over 5,150 miles. The emergency hay delivery will provide immediate ‘meals’ for cattle but only in the short-term.

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Congress to defund USPS Planning, Panel demands timber sale, more…..

August 22, 2012 --

Update on Current Policy News Affecting Forest Business & Timber Supply
by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager
Associated Oregon Loggers.

Congress Attempts to Defund USFS Planning: When the US House Interior Appropriations Committee passed its FY2013 budget for the US Forest Service in June, it eliminated all funding for national forest planning and implementing its horrible new Planning Rule. The Committee said the Forest Service blatantly ignored Congressional direction stated in the National Forest Management Act, and the agency ignored local government & stakeholder input during rulemaking. The new Rule places unworkable requirements on future forest plans, and would increase litigation. Stay tuned.

Budget Committee Demands USFS Timber Sale: The US House Interior Appropriations Committee, in its FY2013 US Forest Service budget, increased Forest Product funding by 2% over 2012, to $342.2 million. The Committee expects the Forest Service to increase vegetation and timber management to sell not less than three billion bdft of timber in fiscal 2013, with the expectation of increasing this target in future fiscal years. The budget language specifies that the USFS plan larger projects, reduce unit costs, and increase future timber sale targets further.

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