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Congress introduces Grazing Improvement Act

February 17, 2013 --

Grazing Improvement Act Reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) strongly support the Grazing Improvement Act of 2013, introduced last night in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) introduced the bill as companion legislation to S. 258, which was introduced in the Senate last week by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.).

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Ag impact of State of the Union

February 16, 2013 --

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By American Farm Bureau

 

Whether you listened to the speech or not, the president’s State of the Union address laid out his priorities for the year ahead. Chances are there was something in there that will affect you. American Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Dale Moore tells what was in there of importance to agriculture. AFBF’s Johnna Miller has that story.
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Praise for Farm Intergrity Act 2013

February 15, 2013 --

National-farmers-union-nfuNational Farmers Union

National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the efforts to establish payment limitations on farm programs in the Farm Program Integrity Act of 2013, introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Sherrod Brown, D.-Ohio, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. The bill would tighten eligibility requirements and limits the total value of payments farmers can receive annually.

“Farm bill programs should be designed to help protect family farmers in times of need, and should focus that assistance where it is most needed and is most helpful to family farmers as well as rural communities,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The bill introduced by Senators Grassley, Johnson, Enzi and Brown would clarify the scope of who’s actually considered actively engaged in a farming operation to ensure that non-farmers aren’t receiving payments.”

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Video puts human face on Oregon forestry

February 14, 2013 --

By Oregon Forest Resources Institute

New video based on The 2012 Forest Report puts a human face on forest economics . Perhaps you’ve been waiting for the movie. Or is there another reason why you haven’t read OFRI’s 180-page economic study of the forest sector, The 2012 Forest Report? Well, wait no longer. The movie is here! OFRI has produced a seven-minute companion video that takes you on a journey through Oregon’s forests. In the video, some folks who know the woods extremely well talk about what’s necessary for the forest sector to take full advantage of the economic recovery.

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Oregon Farm Bureau Priority Bills

February 13, 2013 --

Oregon-Farm-BureauOregon Farm Bureau Priority Bills
By Oregon Farm Bureau

Below are a list of bills that are on top of Oregon Farm Bureau’s list of priorities. This list may be updated as new bills are introduced as the session continues. To see all the bills Farm Bureau is tracking, visit the CMS bill tracking site referenced below.

Forestry

HB 2050 – Phases the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund (fire protection) to a true 50/50 match between landowners and the state. Also, increases funds for quick response.

Labor

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Walden: Bill to help rural hospitals

February 12, 2013 --

 Walden visits Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital about need for legislation to allow small hospitals to provide better care for patients
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By Oregon Congressman Greg Walden

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was Hood River visiting with Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital CEO Ed Freysinger about legislation he is writing to provide better health care at rural hospitals. The Critical Access Hospital Flexibility Act would give rural hospitals greater flexibility in complying with federal regulations so they can better meet the needs of patients in rural areas.

Currently, federal regulations limit the number of patients per day in so-called Critical Access Hospitals (CAH). One requirement to be designated as a CAH is that a rural hospital cannot admit more than 25 patients per day. It’s rare, but when a CAH reaches this cap, it is simply forced to turn away patients, transfer them to another location at greater expense, remove individuals from occupied beds, or exercise any other option that limits its ability to focus on what it should be doing – providing patient care.

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OSU creates super yeild & resistant hazelnut

February 11, 2013 --
Wepster hazelnutsOSU creates small-kerneled hazelnut for confection market
By Oregon State University Extension Office
Wepster produces small, round kernels, making it ideal for the chocolate industry. (Photo by Becky McCluskey.)

Oregon State University has developed a new high-yielding, blight-resistant hazelnut for the baking and chocolate industries.

Known as Wepster, or OSU 894.030, it was bred to be shelled, blanched and sold as kernels as an alternative to the OSU-bred varieties called Lewis, Clark, Sacajawea and Yamhill, said OSU’s hazelnut breeder, Shawn Mehlenbacher. He announced the release today in Portland at the annual meeting of the Nut Growers Society of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

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E-Verify makes everyone guilty

February 10, 2013 --

By Laura Murphy, ACLU
& Fred Smith, Competitive Enterprise Institute

If you hang everyone, the old saying goes, you will catch some guilty people. That adage points to the fatal flaw of an employment-verification program tucked into several recent immigration-reform proposals in Congress.

The E-Verify program—which several states are experimenting with, but which would become mandatory nationwide under proposed new law—targets every employee that a business hires, in the hope of weeding out a few undocumented immigrants from the workforce. In the process, E-Verify erects dangerous hurdles to employment for legal workers and degrades the privacy of working Americans.

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No Saturday mail to slam rural business

February 9, 2013 --

National-farmers-union-nfuNational Farmers Union

 National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement today, following the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) announcement to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting Aug. 1:
“We are disheartened to hear the USPS’s announcement that Saturday mail deliveries will cease later this year. National Farmers Union has a long history in support of the USPS, including rural delivery of mail. The elimination of Saturday delivery, coupled with the loss of good-paying postal jobs, spread over the entire nation, will negatively impact the economy.
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Top environmentalist converts on GMO

February 8, 2013 --

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By Cindy
National Corn Growers Association

A leading environmental activist and critic of genetically modified food recently announced the error of his ways and his conversion to being a supporter of biotech crops.

“I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment,” said author and activist Mark Lynas during an address last month to the Oxford Farming Conference.

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