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Debunking beef=cancer myth

October 30, 2015 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Evidence Inadequate to Reach Consensus on Cancer Risk

Members of an international committee assigned to review all of the available evidence on red meat and cancer risk were divided on their opinion whether to label red meat a “probable” cause of cancer, according to the Beef Checkoff nutrition scientist and registered dietitian who observed the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) process. After seven days of deliberation in Lyon, France,

IARC was unable to reach a consensus agreement from a group of 22 experts in the field of cancer research, something that IARC has proudly highlighted they strive for and typically achieve. In this case, they had to settle for “majority” agreement.

“Cancer is a complex disease that even the best and brightest minds don’t fully understand,” says Shalene McNeill, PhD, RD. “Billions of dollars have been spent on studies all over the world and no single food has ever been proven to cause or cure cancer. The opinion by the IARC committee to list red meat as a probable carcinogen does not change that fact. The available scientific evidence simply does not support a causal relationship between red or processed meat and any type of cancer.”

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Outrage over jailed ranchers

October 28, 2015 --

By Oregon Farm Bureau

“Two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome.

Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president, have already served time in federal prison for their mistakes and paid their debt to society for the less-than-140 acres of BLM land that was accidentally impacted by the fires.

This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should be outraged.

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Dismal forecast for timber

October 26, 2015 --

By Rick Sohn, PhD
Umqua Coquille LLC

Despite low mortgage rates and low unsold home inventories, the weak stud market, the expiration of the U.S./Canadian softwood trade agreement, and the low value of the Canadian dollar, do not bode well for the rest of the Fall. Trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2006.


Interpretation and Looking Ahead.
Studs are not looking good. They are approaching the mid 200’s. For context, the stud price in August, 2006 dropped to $220 from $275 in June, 2006. Significant recovery into the $300’s did not occur for 6 more years – until mid-2012. Fall 2015’s stud price drop is the first drop to the mid-$200’s since mid-2012.

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Cattlemen cheer court rebuke of EPA water rule

October 23, 2015 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Citing a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims and casting suspicion on the rulemaking process, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals  ordered that the EPA and Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” rule be stayed nationwide until the Court can determine jurisdiction over the many pending lawsuits. Philip Ellis, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president said this action will prevent implementation of the WOTUS rule.

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CA forest die off, Owl listing revisited…

October 21, 2015 --

by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager
Associated Oregon Loggers

California National Forest Die-off: US Forest Service scientists say more than 12 million trees in California’s southern Sierra Nevada national forests have died during the last couple year’s drought—and the die-off is forecasted to continue. Consecutive years of drought have stressed trees, making them susceptible to mortality from bark beetles and disease. The die-back now out-paces wildfire loss, while fires will increase in those dying forests. Overcrowded and dying national forests make for costly fire losses, threaten public safety, reduce aesthetics, and impact timber yield.

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Study: All-organic America would look like

October 16, 2015 --

By Cindy
National Corn Growers Association

Switching to an all-organic agricultural system in the United States would have serious, negative consequences according to analysis of government reports published in Forbes. With clear documentation of a yield gap between conventional and organic production indicating increased land use would be required to make such a switch, the authors detail why, amongst many other reasons, organic is not the more environmentally-friendly choice.

Noting that all-organic crop production would require the use of an area the size of “all parkland and wildland areas in the lower 48 states,” the piece examines the findings of the USDA’s recently released survey of organic farmers. The implications of such a land shift to America’s environment would be catastrophic.

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Oregon closer to Ag trade boom

October 14, 2015 --

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

On Monday, October 5, it was announced that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers have concluded negotiations. What does this mean? It means the United States is one step closer to having TPP go into effect. TPP is a multilateral trade agreement being negotiated by the United States and 11 other nations. Industry leaders around Oregon and across the nation agree that TPP will enhance Oregon’s number one agricultural commodity, cattle and calves.

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Wyden: Millions to Oregon wildfire risk homes

October 12, 2015 --

Wyden-ron-SenatorOregon Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Ron Wyden announced that Oregon has received a $3 million federal grant to reduce fire risks to more than 2,200 homes in parts of Crook, Deschutes and Klamath counties that are adjacent to forests.

The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will fund the thinning and limbing of trees, clearing out of undergrowth, and other vegetative debris removal to create a defensible space around buildings and other structures on about 3,780 acres of private and public lands designated at high-risk for fire within the wildland-urban interface and rural areas of Crook, Deschutes, and Klamath counties.

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Hearings on changing national dietary guidelines

October 9, 2015 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

With less than three months before the guidelines are expected to be finalized, the House Agriculture Committee  held a public hearing to continue their oversight of the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services share the task of developing the guidelines, and this was the first time both Secretaries Vilsack and Burwell have commented on the process. Following the hearing, Philip Ellis, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president made the following statement:

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Call to de-list wolf before Oct. 9th

October 7, 2015 --

farm-bureua-usaBy American Farm Bureau Federation
On October 9 and November 9, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider removing the gray wolf from the list of wildlife species that are protected under the Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA). The Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan calls for the Commission to consider delisting wolves from the OESA when Oregon reaches the conservation objective of four breeding pairs for three consecutive years in eastern Oregon. This objective was met in 2014.

When it was enacted, Wolf Plan was negotiated between the state, environmental groups, and ranchers. Ranchers have honored their end of the bargain. However, now that the population objectives are met, environmental groups are not honoring the commitments they made and are instead requesting greater protections for the wolves. Please send the Commission a message to let them know that Oregon’s farmers and ranchers support honoring the Wolf Plan and initiating the delisting process.

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