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Court ruling a setback for Oregon pipeline

October 31, 2012 --

Oregon Court of Appeals upholds Clatsop County’s right to reject pipeline
By Natural Resource News Note:

The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected a motion to force Clatsop County to allow Oregon LNG to build 41 miles of pipeline through the county. The pipeline would carry liquefied natural gas to a proposed export terminal in Warrenton, near the mouth of the Columbia River.

In November 2010, the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners approved a request from Oregon LNG to build the pipeline, but in March 2011, a newly elected board reversed that decision. Oregon LNG filed a motion with the Clatsop County Circuit Court challenging the board’s right to reverse itself. The court rejected that motion, and Oregon LNG then filed with the Court of Appeals.

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ODA awards $1.49 in specialty crop grants

October 30, 2012 --

By Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oregon agriculture continues to benefit from federal funding aimed at boosting the competitiveness of the state’s fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, and other specialty crops. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced this year’s recipients of more than $1.49 million as part of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

In all, 22 projects are being funded, reaching a broad geographic swath of Oregon and a variety of specialty crops.

Over the past five years of the just expired US Farm Bill, Oregon has received more than $6 million in funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which has paved the way for 112 projects throughout the state.

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Farming & the Fiscal Cliff

October 29, 2012 --

American Farm Bureau Federation

You’ve probably heard people warning about the “fiscal cliff” looming at the end of the year. But what is it? And why should you care? American Farm Bureau Economist Matt Erickson explains what that precipice means to agriculture and rural America in this report from AFBF’s Miranda McDaniel.

McDaniel: Unless Congress does something before the end of the year, the United States economy will face what’s been dubbed “the fiscal cliff” on January 1st. That’s shorthand for the predicament the nation will face when numerous tax breaks end and automatic spending cuts to more than 1000 government programs will hit all at once. American Farm Bureau Economist Matt Erickson points out that U.S. agriculture would not be immune, especially when it comes to the estate tax.

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2013 crop hinges on 9 inches of rain!

October 28, 2012 --

By Cathryn
National Corn Growers Association

With harvest nearing 90 percent completion, many news stories address the impact of the drought in the past tense. The drought hit farmers. The drought impacted yields. The drought of 2012 did this or that.

According to climatologists and meteorologists who know what is needed to grow, farmers across the Midwest should be praying for nine inches.

Why is that the magic number?

According to Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hillaker and DTN Senior Meteorologist Bryce Anderson, the areas of the Corn Belt still categorized in some form of drought required nine inches of rain before the new year to ensure sufficient soil moisture for spring planting in 2013.

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Oregon waste: Recovery at record highs, Disposal at record lows

October 27, 2012 --

Oregon’s Waste Recovery at Record Highs, Disposal at Record Lows
By Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Oregon recovered more than half of the municipal waste Oregonians generated in 2011 – the highest rate since the state started measuring waste recovery rates in 1992. At the same time, per-capita waste disposal in Oregon dropped to the lowest amount ever since 1992.

These two findings are from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s 20th annual Material Recovery and Waste Generation Rates Report, which breaks down the handling of materials – either for disposal or for recovery through recycling, composting and burning for energy.

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Remembering extraordinary Ag life Sen. McGovern

October 26, 2012 --

Dan McEvily,
National Farmers Union 

National Farmers Union (NFU) reflected on the illustrious career of former Senator George McGovern of South Dakota, who passed away Oct. 21, 2012.

“From his South Dakota farm roots, to the U.S. Senate, and later as ambassador of the United Nation’s Agencies on Food and Agriculture, Senator McGovern spent his life as a tireless champion of agriculture, nutrition and rural America,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

McGovern served as the honorary co-chair of the NFU Foundation and was recognized with NFU’s Meritorious Service Award for his humanitarian efforts in 2003.

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Oregon Ag needs bilingual education advancement

October 25, 2012 --


By Daily Digger
Oregon Association of Nurseries

One sometimes hears about strained relationships between certain industries and those in government who regulate them. But in Oregon, the nursery industry and the state have long shared a mutually beneficial, cooperative, and overall pleasant relationship.

An important focus has been on keeping plants healthy and protecting the quality that Oregon growers are known for industrywide. About three-fourths of all Oregon-grown plants are sold to customers outside the state, bringing money back to Oregon, so when the industry is kept strong, it strengthens Oregon. Growers believe in the value of this relationship strongly enough that most of them continue to support a nursery license requirement, which includes a fee that helps fund programs to benefit the industry.

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Winning against Ag crime — 37 arrests

October 24, 2012 --

Northern California task force successful in fighting rural crime
By Oregon Family Farm Association

In recent months, investigations by the newly established Ag Theft Task Force of Yolo County have led to 37 arrests and the recovery of $170,000 worth of stolen agricultural property.

Yolo County Farm Bureau Executive Director Denise Sagara told AgAlert that the county task force “has been exceptionally effective and had some really impressive results.” For example, two task force deputies have solved seven hay theft cases, and last month they broke up a hay theft ring that had been operating in the county for two years.

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Taxpayers paying for ODOT’s solar highway

October 23, 2012 --

By Chris Barton
Cascade Policy Institute

Imagine heading out to your favorite bar one evening to celebrate the completion of another toiling week at work. Rather than indulging in the comfort of your favorite beer, you decide to loosen up your purse strings and order some champagne. So with only a slight sense of apprehension, you ask the bartender to serve you the best champagne in the house. The glass arrives and you take an inquiring sip. The flavor is unbelievable. The sophisticated mix of flavors is without rival. When the check comes to the table, take a deep breath and prepare for the shock of the sticker price. You flip the bill over and are instantly overcome with incredulity. Only four dollars? You assume the bartender made a mistake. Much to your surprise, he confirms the price. You have had a glass of champagne for the price of a beer.

Now, this story may seem purely fictional. Only a business bent on self-destruction would offer such a deal. However, in the world of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Solar Highway Project, this is reality. ODOT really is able to get champagne for the price of beer, but one of the unfortunate burdens of living in reality is that someone must pay the difference for the actual cost of the champagne. Who will pick up that tab? The taxpayers.

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Schrader: Oregon coast gets $4M wave energy grant

October 22, 2012 --

By Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader

In a move that will further establish Oregon as a leader in alternative energy development, the Department of Energy has awarded a $4 million grant to create a world class, grid-connected ocean energy test facility off the Oregon Coast.

The grant announced  by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Kurt Schrader was awarded to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), one of three DOE-sponsored ocean energy centers in the country. The center is a partnership between Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Washington (UW). The grant requires $4 million in matching funds.

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