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Looming US tariff on Canadian lumber

April 28, 2017 --

U.S. Lumber Industry Applauds Commerce Department Finding of Massive Canadian Subsidies

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced a preliminary determination in response to a petition filed in November 2016 by the Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations (COALITION). The United States government ruling substantiates that Canada subsidizes softwood lumber production, distorting the U.S. softwood lumber market to the detriment of U.S. sawmills, their employees and communities.

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Unraveling the O&C Lands Act

April 26, 2017 --


Cascade-Siskiyou expansion: Who makes our nation’s laws, the president or Congress? (Guest opinion)

By Travis Joseph

Presidents of the United States, regardless of political party, should always follow the law. Separation of powers is the founding principle of our Constitution.

Law Professor Michael Blumm’s guest opinion in The Oregonian/OregonLive (“A misguided attack on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument,” April 4) offers a different argument: Presidents should follow the law when it fits a political agenda, but be allowed to reinterpret the law when it doesn’t.

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Lumber, logs, home prices all rise

April 24, 2017 --

By Rick Sohn Ph.d
Umpqua CoquilleLLC

Lumber prices continue to be robust two months in a row. Logs are also strong. Home values continue improving with relatively brisk sales and building. Industry manufacturing has improved. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared.
Prices in Dollars per Thousand Board Feet* (MBF)

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Earth Day 2017

April 21, 2017 --

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and learn ways you can engage to make a better planet for fish, wildlife, their habitats and people.

Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world.

Growing out of the burgeoning global environmental movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Earth Day played a pivotal role in shaping the modern environmental consciousness, moving it from counterculture to mainstream and helping drive the push towards recycling, fuel-efficient cars and renewable energy that we take for granted today. It foreshadowed formation of the U.S. EPA and legislation such as the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act that still play significant roles in protecting wildlife and their habitats.

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Bipartisanship on the Columbia River

April 19, 2017 --

Schrader, Herrera Beutler Introduce Bill to Protect Endangered Salmon and Steelhead on the Columbia River

Exponentially increasing sea lion predation in recent years threatens salmon populations in the Columbia River

Washington, D.C., by Carlee Griffeth


U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) have introduced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill to improve the survival of endangered salmon, steelhead and other native fish species in the Columbia River system. The legislation provides tribal members and government fish managers with the means to remove sea lions from specific areas where they are posing the most harm.

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Cattlemen struggle over water bills

April 17, 2017 --

By Oregon Cattlemen Association,

Chair Representative Helm expressed his gratitude to the Oregon Cattlemen for volunteering Rocky Dallum for legislative study in his work group on three bills that he has introduced into the legislature. In their present state, House Bills 2705, 2706, and 2707, are not bills that the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association support, but are hopeful that with continued engagement in Rep. Helm’s workgroup the thoughts and concerns of cattlemen will be heard.

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Farmers want estate tax repeal

April 14, 2017 --

As congressional lawmakers turn their attention to taxes, farmers and ranchers are urging them to include estate tax repeal in any tax reform legislation they consider this year.

“The estate tax is especially damaging to agriculture because we are a land-based, capital-intensive industry with few options for paying estate taxes when they come due. Unfortunately, all too often at the time of death, farming and ranching families are forced to sell off land, farm equipment, parts of the operation or take out loans to pay off tax liabilities and attorney’s fees,” 32 agriculture organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, wrote to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

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SB 1037 Regulation Nightmare

April 12, 2017 --

SB 1037 Would Undermine Seed Preemption!

**Senate Bill 1037**

Last Friday, SB 1037 was posted for a public hearing and possible work session to move out of committee on April 12. We need your help to stop this bill from moving forward this session.

What does SB 1037 do?

SB 1037 undermines the state seed preemption law. It would allow local governments to regulate agricultural seed if that seed is genetically engineered (GE). This could result in a patchwork of 36 different county regulations and over 400 city regulations on seed!

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Are you prepared for immigration enforcement actions?

April 10, 2017 --

Stay updated on OAN Workforce page! The OAN created the Workforce resource webpage — — to address the recent enforcement activity by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The webpage will continue to be updated with current news and information as well as helpful downloads. The webpage is created and maintained just for members. To access it, you will need to log in as an OAN member. If you don’t know your OAN website login information, please call the OAN office at 503-682-5089.

By Oregon Association of Nurseries,

Over the last few months, there has been an increase in enforcement activities by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This coincides with several Trump administration announcements indicating that it intends to significantly increase the number of ICE field agents and ratchet up enforcement activities.

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Farm Bureau lawsuit protects farmers’ privacy

April 8, 2017 --

By Oregon Farm Bureau,

Good news on the legal and data privacy front: American Farm Bureau and the National Pork Producers Council have closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging the Environmen­tal Protection Agency’s release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal infor­mation when the agency responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Last month, a federal judge ap­proved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states, including Oregon.

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