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Market shock nearly over, rough road ahead

January 29, 2016 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Recent price shock in the market and insights about the turbulence ahead were explained today to more than 2,000 beef producers at the CattleFax Outlook Session held during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

The downward spiral in price from record high cattle prices has been a rough ride for many in the business, but CattleFax CEO Randy Blach said the market correction has mostly occurred. He explained how tight global protein supplies and a strong export market in 2014 and 2015 led to the ‘perfect storm’ of market peaks and significant drops seen in recent extremes. Animal health challenges in both poultry and pork production led to tight supplies in 2014, which saw the tightest per capita protein supply in the last 20 years.

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Video: Occupiers leave, more arrests

January 28, 2016 --

Natural Resource Report,

In the latest news, three more Refuge occupiers have been arrested. Ammon Bundy, speaking through his lawyer, asked that his team “stand down” and leave the occupation. It appears that most, if not all, of the occupiers have officially left the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge. When eight left yesterday, the authorities arrested three of them including an Oregonian (Duane Leo Ehmer, Irrigon, Oregon; Dylan Wade Anderson, Provo, Utah; and Jason S. Patrick, of Bonaire, Georgia). The KGW-TV news clips provides more details.

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Ammon Bundy TV Interview – Exclusive

January 25, 2016 --

KATU-2 TV news sat down with Oregon Malhuer County standoff leader Ammon Bundy in an exclusive TV interview. Watch the clip below.

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OSU finds diabetes blocker chemical


Nancy Kerkvliet

By Oregon State University Extension Office

Photo:Nancy Kerkvliet, OSU immunotoxicologist, researches chemicals that suppress the immune system. Photo by Stephen Ward

Oregon State University researchers have discovered a chemical that blocks Type 1 diabetes in laboratory mice and may work the same way in humans.

The chemical, nicknamed BBQ, works at the genetic level to prevent a rogue immune response from destroying insulin-producing cells in diabetic mice, researchers said.

If it works the same way in humans, it could yield a breakthrough therapy for Type 1 diabetes and possibly have applications in other autoimmune diseases as well, including colitis, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis.

“This compound has a very targeted effect, and it’s safe at therapeutic doses in mice,” said Nancy Kerkvliet, a professor in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and lead researcher on a new study just published in the Journal of Immunology.

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Obama vetoes bi-partisan EPA fix

January 22, 2016 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

After bi-partisan passage in both chambers of Congress, President Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis said this is a clear indication the President does not understand the role America’s cattle producers, land owners and state governments play in preserving our natural resources.

“We are extremely disappointed the President chose to side with the EPA, which has pulled out all the stops and shown an appalling disregard for the law throughout this rulemaking process,” said Ellis. “In siding with the EPA, the President has ignored the will of Congress, including members of his own party. Moreover, he has taken side against the 32 states, and countless stakeholders who have challenged the WOTUS rule. With Congress clearly showing their disapproval of this rule, the consequences of WOTUS implementation now rest solely with President Obama.”

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Ag anger over paid sick leave training fee

January 20, 2016 --

Agriculture & Business Groups Call on BOLI for Free Sick Leave Seminars

Express Disappointment on $25 Fee for Training Seminars

Portland: “We are disappointed that BOLI would not only delay their implementation seminars until after the effective date of the new statewide paid sick leave law but also charge Oregon’s employers $25 to attend just to learn how to comply,” stated Jenny Dresler of the Oregon Farm Bureau.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) released final paid sick leave rules on December 9, 2015. The rules, necessary for employers across Oregon to implement the new Legislatively mandated 5-days of paid sick leave, leave only 22 days for small and large businesses alike to read, review and implement the 15-pages of new administrative rules.

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Cattlemen statement on Oregon Standoff

January 18, 2016 --


By Oregon Cattlemen Association

On January 4, 2016 Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond have left their homes to report to a federal prison. Both ranchers are faithful, long term Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members. Many have asked where the association stands on the Hammond’s predicament.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has declared that they do not support illegal activity taken against the government but has, and will continue, to support the Hammonds via avenues that are in accordance with the law.

John O’Keeffe, current president of the OCA, said the ranchers in Burns strive to work together with surrounding agencies. “The community of Burns and the ranchers there have been very resourceful in working together with agencies on many wildlife issues,” he said. “Furthermore, OCA does not support illegal activity taken against the government. This includes militia takeover of government property, such as the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.”

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House votes against EPA Water Rule

January 14, 2016 --

Wheat-Growers-National-AssociationBy National Association of Wheat Growers

House Votes to Stop WOTUS Rule, Veto Looms

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 253-166 in support of S.J. Res. 22, a resolution of disapproval of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. Under the Congressional Review Act, the House and Senate can pass a resolution of disapproval to stop regulations they feel overstepped the agency’s authority. The resolution must be signed into law to become effective, and the administration has indicated the president will veto the legislation. The vote margin is not sufficient to override a veto. The regulation is still under review by the courts and NAWG will continue to work on a legislative resolution.

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Walden’s Viral Video on Showdown, Gov’t Hypocrisy

January 13, 2016 --

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden’s impassioned video has been seen over 125,000 times. Congressman Walden talks directly about the Oregon standoff, failures of federal land management, judicial failings and also the story behind the Hammond Family. Watch the video below.

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