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Emergency wild horse gather outside of Burns

October 31, 2014 --

By Oregon Bureau Of Land Management

BLM to begin Palomino Buttes emergency wild horse gather

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Burns District Office will conduct an emergency wild horse gather within the Weaver Lake portion of the Palomino Buttes Herd Management Area (HMA) this week. This emergency gather is due to lack of water within this portion of the HMA.

Once captured, precaution will be given to slowly introduce water to these animals to reduce the likelihood of water intoxication or colic. A veterinarian will be on site to monitor animal condition and make recommendations for treatment of weak or poor condition horses.

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Debunking fuel vs. food myth

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Renewable Fuels Association,

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released an updated version of its popular publication “Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World”. This 10-page booklet outlines ethanol’s contribution to the global food and feed supply and contains information that disproves the fabricated food vs. fuel argument.

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, discussed the highly-detailed handbook, stating, “The U.S. ethanol industry has quietly evolved into one of the largest feed processing sectors in the world, generating nearly 40 million metric tons of high-protein, high-energy animal feed in the 2013/14 marketing year. The RFA publication is a resource intended to educate policymakers and consumers about the industry’s role in producing feed, to counter the nonsensical food vs. fuel notion, and explain the benefits of ethanol production and co-products for both food and feed markets.”

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Judge: Give farmer’s “Hot Goods” money back!

October 29, 2014 --

The Capital Press is reporting that Federal Judge, Thomas Coiffin, wants the money taken from local Oregon blueberry farmers returned. There is over $220,000 of funds that were taken from the local farmers. The Department of Labor is declining to return $73,500 of the funds that were already given out.  A previous Judge commented earlier in the case abotu teh funds that the farmers  “had no choice but to agree to the consent judgments,” and  were “effectively prevented…from having their day in court.”

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New Director at Oregon Cattlemen

October 27, 2014 --

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By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
Most people can attest to the fact that starting at a new job can generate a variety of emotions. For new Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Jerome Rosa, the most common emotion he’s had in his first week in his new position is excitement.

Whether he’s been in meetings with OCA President Ray Sessler or talking with producers or involved in conference calls, Rosa has been busy. But the OCA was able to catch up with Rosa Friday for a Q & A so OCA members could get to know a little bit more about him.

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Survey: Farmers embrace Big Data (with fears)

October 24, 2014 --

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By American Farm Bureau Federation

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, but most remain wary of risks involved with big data collection. Fully 77.5 percent of farmers surveyed said they feared regulators and other government officials might gain access to their private information without their knowledge or permission. Nearly 76 percent of respondents said they were concerned others could use their information for commodity market speculation without their consent.

“We want to be sure that farmers’ and ranchers’ data are protected, and we’re asking the hard questions to make sure that happens,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “Farmers should know who owns their data and how they plan to use it. It’s up to companies that collect the data to make all that clear.” Farmers overwhelmingly agree: More than 81 percent believe they retain ownership of their farm data, according to Farm Bureau. Yet, it’s still unclear to most (more than 82 percent) how companies intend to use the farmers’ data.

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County pesticide measure raises concerns

October 22, 2014 --

Pesticide Measure Has Too Many Flaws (17-63) – Grants Pass Daily Courier

Use of pesticides by businesses and governments wasnt really much of an emotional issue, until lately. The supporters Measure 17-63 have certainly turned this campaign into an emotional one.
Indeed, it is difficult to argue with their main theoretical contention, that pesticides and herbicides are manufactured to kill and, by extension, could be killing us along with their intended targets. Maybe there needs to be greater regulation of some of these pesticides, but the answer is not Measure 17-63.

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ODA: $2M in Specialty Crop block grants

October 20, 2014 --

Specialty crop block grants boost Oregon agricultureBy Oregon Department of Agriculture,

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and US Department of Agriculture have announced this year’s recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds. In Oregon, nearly $2 million will fund 29 projects to help boost the competitiveness of the state’s fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, and other specialty crops. This marks the highest number of projects ever funded under the program and highest total amount of funding allocated to Oregon by USDA.

Since the majority of Oregon’s agricultural production comes from specialty crops, the increased allocation and ability to fund more projects comes as great news.

“These projects go a long way in positioning Oregon’s agricultural producers to compete and succeed in the marketplace,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “This year’s projects strike a nice balance between local and international marketing while addressing food safety concerns and the need for next generation farmers. I’m excited to see these projects unfold.”

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Cattlemen to USDA – Don’t hijack the checkoff!

October 17, 2014 --


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

This month, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the concern across the country with the Secretary’s stated intention.

“Our state affiliates sent a clear message to the Secretary that they do not want a supplemental checkoff under the 1996 Act,” said McCan. “NCBA stands firmly behind our grassroots producer organizations and we will do everything we can to support their efforts. The checkoff belongs to cattlemen, not to the USDA or any administration.”

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Report blasts Elliott State Forest misuse

October 15, 2014 --


Oregon Cascade Policy Institute

By Jordan Lofthouse, Randy Simmons, and John A. Charles, Jr.

With Oregon’s schools constantly facing budget crises, why are our lawmakers missing out on the opportunity to give more money to our kids?

As part of the Common School Trust Lands, the Elliott State Forest has the constitutional obligation to generate money for Oregon’s schools. In the last few years, however, environmental interests have carefully manipulated the Endangered Species Act so that the Forest costs taxpayers money instead of providing funds for Oregon’s children.

Lately, harvest levels and revenues have been a fraction of their former levels. Despite potential to harvest 40 million board feet in 2013, actual harvest was only 4.5 million board feet. The expected timber harvest for 2014 is similar. This has resulted in a net deficit of $3 million that is covered by your tax dollars.

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Farm Bureau issues guide to measures, candidates

October 13, 2014 --

Oregon-Farm-BureauBy Barry Bushue, President
Oregon Farm Bureau

Oregon Farm Bureau offers its 2014 Election Guide, designed to help Farm Bureau members select the best candidates and ballot measures for Oregon agriculture.

The endorsements reflect OFB’s public policy positions, which are developed by family farmers and ranchers through an open, grassroots, democratic process.

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