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Seed preemption vote today

April 30, 2013 --


By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

Senate Bill 633 is OFS’s top priority legislative bill which deals with seed preemption. SB 633-A is scheduled to be voted on by the full Senate on Tuesday, April 30th.  

Please contact your State Senator and ask him/her to vote YES on SB 633. If you do not know who your senator is, look here.

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Record year for Chinook salmon run

April 29, 2013 --

Reports are out that this year may see great returns for Oregon fish.chinnok-salmon

KATU-TV News reports:

Fisheries officials are projecting the largest fall chinook salmon run since 2004 as part of the salmon seasons set for the Columbia River. The summer run of chinook is projected to be about 73,000, with the season running from June 16 to June 30 between Astoria and the Bonneville Dam.

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Congress: Livestock Disaster Protection Act

April 27, 2013 --


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Livestock Disaster Protection Act Introduced in the House of Representatives

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) supports the efforts of Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) in introducing legislation that would provide a safety net for livestock owners across the nation. Under the Livestock Disaster Protection Act – the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) would be extended for five years and would apply retroactively to cover losses in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

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EPA tries to repair ties to farmers

April 26, 2013 --

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For many farmers and ranchers, the federal agency that best exemplifies the cynical phrase “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” is the Environmental Protection Agency.

During a Senate confirmation committee hearing last week, President Obama’s nominee for EPA Administrator admitted that the relationship between the agency and those working in agriculture could be improved.

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Senate approves driver’s card bill

April 25, 2013 --

By Daily Digger
Oregon Association of Nurseries

As expected by most observers, the Oregon Senate today approved Senate Bill 833, the driver’s card bill. The legislation will allow undocumented residents and others without proof of legal residency to obtain driver privileges in the form of a four-year driver’s card, provided they can prove their identity and pass the requisite tests.

Only brief testimony was heard prior to the vote. “We’re talking about a card, a card which is proof that someone knows the driving laws of the state and has demonstrated the ability to drive,” Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) said. “And perhaps more importantly, it ensures they have insurance. The bill that was passed previously didn’t really take anybody off the road; it just put more uninsured drivers on the road.”

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Capitol update: GE farming, water rights, taxes

April 24, 2013 --

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By Oregon Farm Bureau

Half Way Point At Legislature Brings Questionable Referrals

There is a point in a legislative session in which each chamber can no longer move bills out of their respective committees. For example, bills originating in the House can no longer be voted out of a House committee. You can think of each chamber “swapping” bills with the other. That point was last week and it is a good way of saying we have hit the half-way point in the legislative session.

This self-imposed deadline forces the Legislature to keep to its timeline for closing and a majority of bills will die in committee. This deadline is helpful for people to see what bills are still “alive” and have a chance of passage. However, this session has seen many bills moved to other committees that are not affected by the deadline and thus keeping the bills alive. Ways and Means, Revenue, and the Rules committees are the three committees that are not required to meet this deadline.

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Program working against Oregon wolves

April 23, 2013 --

By Oregon Department of Agriculture

Year one of a block grant program for Oregon counties impacted by wolf depredation has gone relatively smoothly, but less funds are available for round two even as the state’s known population of wolves continues to grow. Nonetheless, most everyone agrees that the money spent to compensate Eastern Oregon ranchers for livestock losses and for non-lethal prevention measures is fulfilling its intended purpose.

“Livestock producers have been exceptionally patient through these first years of wolf depredations and population growth,” says Rodger Huffman, the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s state brand inspector, who is based in La Grande.

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Rough & Ready Lumber closes doors – 82 jobs lost

April 22, 2013 --

healthy-forests-healthy-communitiesRough & Ready Mill Closure Highlights Need for New Direction on Federal Forest Policy
By Health Forests, Healthy Communities

Rough & Ready Lumber yesterday announced the closure of its Cave Junction lumber mill after 90 years in business. The closure eliminates 85 family-wage jobs at the last sawmill in rural Josephine County.

The closure is the latest blow to an economically-devastated community. Based on similar multipliers looking at job losses in rural Oregon, the loss of 85 jobs in Josephine County is comparable to the loss of over 10,000 jobs in the Portland metro area. The county already has an 11.6 percent unemployment rate, and over the past five years the county has suffered an average poverty level of 18.8 percent or higher. At Cave Junction’s Evergreen Elementary School, 83 percent of children qualify for free and reduced lunch.

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Food fraud up 60% with bad economy

April 20, 2013 --

Check out this video from CNN Money which showcases how some producers are cutting corners by using alternative chemicals in their product that sometimes are dangerous. Watch the video below.

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Obama plans fee increase for public land grazing

April 19, 2013 --


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

According to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes an increase in the public lands grazing fee assessment that would put many family ranches out of business. Dustin Van Liew, PLC executive director and NCBA director of federal lands, said increasing the grazing fee through an arbitrary tax is unwarranted and is further evidence that the president and his administration are out of touch with production agriculture and rural economies of the West.

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