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GMO Measure: No 15-119 ad features former Sheriff

April 30, 2014 --

The No on Measure 15-119 campaign (Protect Oregon farmers) against the GMO ballot Measure in Jackson County has released a new ad. This ad focuses on the public safety impact of Measure 15-119. It features a former Jackson County Sheriff. See video clip below.

C.W. Smith | No on Measure 15-119 from Protect Oregon Farmers on Vimeo.

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Oregon Ag Dept. list civil penalties list

April 28, 2014 --

dept-of-ag-logoBy Oregon Department of Agriculture,

ODA issues civil penalties for CAFO violations in 2013

During 2013, the Oregon Department of Agriculture Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Program had an average of 519 facilities registered to a CAFO Permit. Program staff conducted 721 inspections with facility operators. During 2013, the program issued 34 Notices of Non Compliance (NON), which equal four percent of the total inspections performed. Of the 34 NONs issued, eight resulted in the program issuing civil penalties amounting to $11,295.00. The civil penalties issued represent one percent of the total inspections conducted during 2013.

The CAFO civil penalties include those issued for administrative permit violations:

– Eugene Livestock Auction, Inc. was issued a $640 civil penalty for failing to submit an annual report.
– Heart of the Rogue Farm in Grants Pass was issued a $640 civil penalty for failing to submit an annual report.
– Shan-Cole Farm of Tillamook was issued a $640 civil penalty for failing to submit an annual report.
– Parker Dairy of Astoria was issued a $600 civil penalty for violations related to CAFO license fees.

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Ditch the EPA water rule

April 25, 2014 --

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By American Farm Bureau Federation

By Chris Chinn

My husband, Kevin, and I farm in Northern Missouri with his parents and brother. We are the 5th generation of farmers in our family and we raise hogs, cattle, corn, soybeans and rye. We are also raising our children on our farm and clean water is important to us. Regardless of whether Environmental Protection Agency requires it, protecting our water is one of our priorities. We want to pass our farm onto the next generation so it only makes sense that we care for our natural resources in a responsible manner.

EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act rule will significantly affect our family farm. The proposed rule will expand the scope of “navigable waters” subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction by regulating ditches, small and remote “waters” and ephemeral drains where water moves only when it rains.

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GOP & Dem coalition urges forest reform (before wildfire)

April 23, 2014 --

healthy-forests-logoBy Healthy Forests & Healthy Communities

With wildfire season approaching across the American West, there’s increasing pressure on the U.S. Senate to act on measures to restore the health of federal forests while creating jobs in rural communities.

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. House members earlier this week sent a letter pressing new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to pass legislation to reform federal forest management policies.

Last September,  the U.S. House approved H.R. 1526, also known as the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, to overhaul federal forest policies to expedite timber sales and forest restoration programs.  The Senate so far has failed to act on national forestry legislation, including HR 1526 and Sen. John Barrasso’s National Forest Jobs and Management Act (S. 1966).

In their letter to Sen. Landrieu, the House members highlighted the need for reforms:

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Higher food prices loom for California

April 21, 2014 --


California Farm Bureau

With hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland expected to be left unplanted this year due to water shortages, market analysts and economists say shoppers will likely begin to see higher prices on some food items later this year. And they warned additional impact would come next year, if the state does not get sufficient rains this fall and winter.

Sean Villa, president of Great West Produce, a produce broker in Los Angeles County, said he expects a number of products to be affected later this year, including broccoli, sweet corn and melons from growing regions in Fresno, Mendota and Huron, where farmers will likely cut acreage due to water shortages.

Supplies of other items may be supplemented from other growing regions, but at a higher cost. For example, buyers may have to rely more heavily on Florida and Mexico for corn, and there may be more melons coming from Mexico and even offshore, Villa said.

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Class to teach farmers agritourism

April 19, 2014 --

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Landowners can diversify income from agritourism and outdoor recreational enterprises

Workshop to help landowners embark in agritourism

Landowners wanting to expand their businesses and earn extra income from their properties are encouraged to attend an Outdoor Business Workshop on April 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fort Vannoy Farms in Grants Pass.

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners, and resource managers will provide attendees with the resources to start and manage agritourism and outdoor recreational businesses, including bird watching, water sports, and much more. Workshop participants will hear presentations from landowners with successful agritourism ventures in Jackson County, along with experts discussing business management, business marketing, types of outdoor recreational enterprises, cost-share programs, land use planning, and liability and business considerations.

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Farm Union presses several tax extensions

April 18, 2014 --

By National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Finance leaders expressing priorities for the renewal of expiring tax provisions in advance of the committee’s markup of the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.

Johnson praised Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, for maintaining the $500,000 maximum deduction for farm machinery, which will help family farmers and ranchers improve their businesses.

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Walden: FDA rule hurts brewers, ranchers

April 16, 2014 --

Walden-gregBy Oregon Congressman Greg Walden

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressing concern about a proposed rule that could harm the craft brewing and livestock industries in Oregon. The rule proposes to tightly regulate brewers’ “spent grains,” a byproduct of the beer-making process. It has long been common in the industry for brewers to sell or give the spent grains to ranchers for use as animal feed.

“The FDA’s recent rule proposes to regulate spent brewers grains as animal food, and brewers as feed manufacturers. The result of this could be a disaster for jobs and tourism in southern, central, and eastern Oregon. I urge you to reassess this one-size-fits-all proposed rule and work directly with members of the craft brewing and livestock industries so that food safety can be ensured, without putting these industries out of business,” Walden wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

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EPA’s new pesticide rules — first in 20 years

April 14, 2014 --

By Daily Digger
Oregon Association of Nurseries

For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new worker protection standards for the application of pesticides. These new rules would apply on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses, and would cover workers who handle and apply pesticides, as well as those who handle treated products.

“The EPA and the administration are attempting to use the rulemaking process, rather than legislation, so they have an easier path to setting new standards,” OAN executive director Jeff Stone said. “That’s very concerning to us. As far as the specific provisions of these rules, we’re still analyzing them, and our input will be forthcoming.”

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Farm Bureau on 2014 Food Label Act

April 11, 2014 --

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By American Farm Bureau Federation

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding H.R. 4432, The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

“As the nation’s largest general farm organization, the American Farm Bureau represents farmers and ranchers who use every type of agricultural production system to provide the safest food possible both here in the U.S. and abroad. Our farmers and ranchers are encouraged by the bipartisan leadership of Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) for introducing H.R. 4432, The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This measure will make it clear that the Food and Drug Administration should be the nation’s foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

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