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Flawed Oregon Utility-Enviro Bill gets national attention

February 29, 2016 --

newspapersTravis Kavulla, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President, made this guest article in the Wall Street Journal- 2-26-16.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. This is the attitude that large electric utilities in Oregon have brought to their state’s 2016 legislative session. Threatened with a sure-to-pass ballot initiative from energetic green activists, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power decided to forestall the referendum by cutting a deal instead.

The utilities’ bargain—tucked inside Oregon’s H.B. 4036, which the House passed last week, and S.B. 1547, which it is expected to take up soon—gives the greens what they want: no coal serving Oregon customers within two decades and a huge expansion of renewables to 50% of the power supply by 2040.

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Attention to Senate GMO Bill

February 26, 2016 --

farm-bureua-usaBy American Farm Bureau Federation

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors today voted to support efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to move forward with a bill to pre-empt state GMO labeling mandates.

“The Senate Agriculture Committee this week is marking up a bill to provide American consumers a wealth of easily accessible, accurate information about GMOs through a voluntary, national GMO labeling program,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “The bill would pre-empt a patchwork of mandatory and misleading state GMO labeling laws founded more on scare-tactics than science, and we must move this process forward.”

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Oregon Wolf Bill on the move

February 24, 2016 --

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

House bill 4040 was brought forward and passed. The bill proposes that the Oregon legislature support the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s decision to delist the wolf. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s decision was made in accordance with an agreement called the Oregon Wolf Plan, a plan previously approved by multiple stakeholders.

Representative Greg Barreto of Cove was the bill’s sponsor. He said the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was influential in his decision to put the bill together. Rep. Barreto believes the bill will help to affirm the decision made by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Commission in the fall of 2015. He said the bill will “tell one group that the legislature is behind the Commission.”

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Local food producers suffer over minimum wage vote

February 22, 2016 --

nwfoodprocessorsOregon’s Food Producers Dismayed by Minimum Wage Vote
Legislators ignore real concerns from farmers, ranchers and food processors
By NW Food Processors

Oregon agriculture groups are very concerned that the minimum wage hike passed by the House today threatens the future of farming and food production in the state.


Hundreds of farmers, ranchers and food processors came to Salem in recent weeks to testify on the real and negative effects the minimum wage hike would have on their operations and their families. While lawmakers politely listened, they ignored these very real concerns. With today’s vote, it is clear that their collective voice went unheard.

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Obama locks up another 1.8 million acres

February 19, 2016 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

For the 22nd time in his Administration, President Obama has improperly leveraged the Antiquities Act of 1906 to lock up millions of acres of the American West.

In a press release touting the designation of Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument – a total of 1.8 million acres – USDA celebrated this Administration’s prowess for these types of designations that have locked off 265 million acres in the last seven years without any formal review, economic analysis, or public comment.

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Ag alarmed over minimum wage fast-track

February 17, 2016 --

Oregon-Farm-BureauBy Oregon Farm Bureau,

Minimum Wage Headed for a Vote in the House!

After over three hours of testimony from advocates for and against the minimum wage hike, the House Committee on Business & Labor passed SB 1532-A* on a party line vote with all Republicans voting against the measure. Before the bill passed, amendments were offered by Republicans to refer SB 1532-A to the ballot, remove the emergency clause, and send it to Ways & Means to learn about the fiscal impact to the state and local governments. All amendments failed on party lines.

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Blumenauer Bill: Make Malhuer occupiers pay

February 15, 2016 --

blumenauer-earlCongressman Earl Blumenaur Press Release,

On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) announced introduction of legislation that will help assuage some of the financial hardship borne by state and local taxpayers in protecting the community while armed militants occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

While this situation has been costly in innumerable ways for the local community, the BurnsPaiute Tribe, the state, and the federal government, it has cost state and local law enforcement agencies an estimated $100,000 per week. Ultimately, the federal government’s decisions about timing and manner of putting a stop to this ordeal have contributed to these costs. Congressman Blumenauer’s legislation would allow the federal government to ease that burden by requiring the Department of Justice to quickly reimburse state and local law enforcement agencies up front for costs associated with responding to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Farm Bureau makes stand at Capitol

February 10, 2016 --


By Oregon Farm Bureau,

A 30%+ minimum wage increase. A paid sick leave law that’s unworkable for farmers. Legislation that would increase fuel and energy costs. Bills that would allow a patchwork of local ag regulations.

Put them together and it’s a harrowing game of FarmCrush where Oregon farmers and ranchers are the big losers. Tell legislators not to play FarmCursh and help OFB explain the cumulative effect that more and more expensive regulations will have on Oregon agriculture.

See the Don’t Play #FarmCrush video – and share it online!

Download the FarmCrush handout – and give it to your legislators!

On February 1, the first day of the 2016 Oregon Short Legislative Session, Farm Bureau members were given a rundown of these “FarmCrushing” bills and were urged to share Oregon agriculture’s perspective with lawmakers.

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Oregon’s gambling with exotic species

February 8, 2016 --

shahan_imagingBy Oregon Department of Agriculture,

Playing the craps table in Las Vegas or buying a lottery ticket for a chance at more than a billion dollars doesn’t seem as risky as gambling that the high number of new, exotic insects, slugs, and other terrestrial invertebrates discovered in Oregon the past nine years are harmless.

“It’s a crap shoot and we are gambling every year,” says Jim LaBonte, an entomologist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “The vast majority of species we have found are believed to be relatively harmless. In some cases, a few species have actually proved to be beneficial. But a certain percentage are seriously bad and can do damage. It comes out to be one out of every seven. Every year that we roll the dice, there is a strong likelihood we will come up with a significant or major pest.”

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Senate Energy Bill Would Be a Win for Oregon

February 4, 2016 --

osba-logoBy Oregon Small Business Association,

With the Iowa caucus in the rear view mirror and all eyes looking ahead to next week’s New Hampshire primary, it’s easy to lose sight of what is a rare occurrence in Washington – bipartisanship. Specifically, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, introduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and currently being debated in the Senate. This legislation marks the first time since 2007 that Congress has set out to revamp the nation’s energy policies.

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