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Farmers fume over endangered bladderpod

July 31, 2013 --

bladderpod2OPB is reporting about a farmer led-coalition fighting the EPA designating the White Bluffs bladderpod as requiring endangered species protection.

A group of farmers in southeast Washington is trying to stop the federal government from giving endangered species protection to a rare plant. It’s called the White Bluffs bladderpod. And it grows on a narrow ribbon of federal land and farms.A farmer group is using genetic tests to claim that the plant is not as rare as it seems.The farmers hired an agronomist to sample three plants found along the bluffs of southeast Washington.

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California pistachios recalled over Salmonella

July 30, 2013 --

FDADavid Bolstad
By U.S. Food & Drug Administration

 Western Mixers Produce & Nut Company of Los Angeles, California is recalling ARO and/or Treasured Harvest Pistachios, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Pistachios were distributed in: California, Nevada, Ohio and Utah; through Retail Stores, Mail Order and various Distributors during the dates of: October 17, 2012 – April 29, 2013.

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DEQ Bill: Oregon amends prospective purchaser agreement

July 29, 2013 --


by Huynh, Hong,
Miller Nash
Oregon Law Firm

SB 476A is one of few environmental bills that the 2013 legislature passed. The bill amends the prospective purchaser agreement statute (ORS 465.325) in the following ways:

(1) Requiring the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to specifically notify potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”), who have previously entered into an agreement with DEQ, of any proposed consent judgment being considered at the same facility;

(2) Allowing those PRPs to comment on the proposed consent judgment; and

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Ag & Congress’ 50 tax reform hearings

July 26, 2013 --

By American Farm Bureau Federationfarm-bureua-usa

Johnna Miller, Director of Media Development, American Farm Bureau Federation

The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee continue to work towards a comprehensive tax reform bill while farmers and ranchers have been urging Congress to implement a tax code that recognizes the financial challenges they face. American Farm Bureau tax policy specialist Pat Wolff explains the progress they’ve made so far and what’s next in the fight for tax reform. AFBF’s Lydia Holmes has that story.

Holmes: Reforming the nation’s tax code is important to America’s farmers and ranchers. And more than 50 congressional hearings on tax reform have been held in Was

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Bad idea to create forest monopoly plan

July 25, 2013 --

forestEditorial by Washington Examiner,

Looming job losses should concern everyone, especially those in an obscure industry like forestry, which, though not as glamorous as, say, oil field wildcatting or tornado chasing, is nevertheless essential to the health of the U.S. economy. Forestry is a crucial industry for the obvious reason that it provides employment for hundreds of thousands of Americans who find, harvest and craft the raw material for homes, offices and so many other products. Those products are used every day by billions of people around the globe.

As it happens, the forestry industry also provides a useful illustration of the problems created by monopolies, according to a new study from George Mason University’s EconoSTATS program. There are currently three main forest certification standards programs recognized in the U.S., including the American Tree Farm System, the Forest Stewardship Council, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. These programs govern how forests are managed and harvested.

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Walden’s plan for rural jobs, water security

July 24, 2013 --

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By Oregon Congressman Greg Walden

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)  is re-introducing the Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act, which delivers needed water to Prineville for job creation, clears the way for clean energy at Bowman Dam, and creates new water conservation opportunities in Central Oregon.

“This is a no-cost, job-creating, clean energy plan, and passing it is just common-sense. The bill will create jobs in Central Oregon, cut through government red tape, provide for clean energy generation, and improve water quality and flows for fish and wildlife, all without costing the taxpayer a dime. This bill passed unanimously through the House last Congress, and I look forward to moving it swiftly through the House again. Now is the time to get this done for Central Oregon.” Walden said.

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Fishing bill heads to Governor

July 23, 2013 --

kennemer-billBy State Representative Bill Kennemer;

A bill aimed at enhancing fisheries and strengthening a lower Columbia River Fish Management and Reform plan is on its way to becoming law.

Among other things, Senate Bill 830 repeals a current statutory constraint on commercial fishing gear in the Columbia. It also protects Indian tribal fishing rights and conservation, and was supported by a wide variety of groups.

Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby) led the debate on the House Floor and was among those voting to support the bill.

“Sports fishing groups have been working hard for 27 years to moderate gillnets and fisheries’ damage.” Rep. Kennemer said. “Today, we made a huge step in better managing gillnets on the Columbia, the last Oregon river to have them.”

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Action urged on O&C land

July 22, 2013 --

healthy-forests-healthy-communitiesBy Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities

Members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation are developing potential solutions for restoring active management to the 2.5 million acres of Oregon & California (O&C) Grant timberlands.

Extreme environmental groups have mobilized to stop any solutions. These radical groups desperately want to protect the status quo that is hurting our forests, workers and rural families. Please read below and click here to send your federal representatives a personalized message asking them to take action on this important issue – it takes less than 2 minutes.

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A way to make the public value the forgotten farmer

July 20, 2013 --

By Mark
National Corn Growers Association

In the maelstrom that is modern society, with a hyperactive media and a beleaguered work force, I think many of us rarely have the time to do research or critical thinking related to the issues of the day. I place myself firmly in that ilk.

Today a very simple question set the wheels turning. The question came from a farmer who asked how we can explain complex farm programs and support programs designed to keep family farmers producing food and raw materials to a well fed public.

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Death Tax Repeal emerges again in Congress

July 19, 2013 --

By American Farm Bureau Federationfarm-bureua-usa

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislation introduced in both the House and Senate that would permanently repeal the estate tax. Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D.) bill, The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, coupled with bipartisan legislation of the same title introduced by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), is welcomed by America’s farm and ranch families.

While significant tax relief was enacted last year to help farmers cope with estate taxes, AFBF believes that permanent repeal is still the best solution to protect all farms and ranches. The legislation introduced today would repeal the estate tax, maintain stepped-up basis and make permanent a 35 percent maximum gift tax rate and $5 million lifetime gift tax exemption indexed for inflation.

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