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Oregon Farm Bureau applauds Environmental Protection Agency stance on WOTUS Rule

July 31, 2017 --

Oregon Farm Bureau Praises Pruitt’s Rescinding of WOTUS

The following may be attributed to Oregon Farm Bureau Federation President Barry Bushue:

“Oregon Farm Bureau applauds Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for listening to America’s farmers and ranchers and taking action to rescind the onerous Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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American Farm Bureau: 2018 farm bill critical

July 28, 2017 --

Farm Bill is More Important Than Ever

Via American Farm Bureau 

Reports are coming in about the severe drought that is plaguing farmers in the Dakotas and other parts of the Midwest. I was just in Iowa, where the corn was shriveling up from lack of rain.
With crop and other crop prices much lower than they were just a few short years ago, farmers were already struggling. Now, with the drought, many farmers may not even have a crop to sell, at any price.

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DNA may prove dogs might just be man’s best friend

July 26, 2017 --

Why are dogs such doting companions? It’s in their genes

By Chris Banham

Via Oregon State Extension

Researchers have identified a genetic difference in domesticated dogs and wolves that could explain the canines’ contrasting social interaction with humans.

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Major step toward detecting crown gall disease

July 24, 2017 --

OSU research leads to detection method for crown gall disease

Oregon State Extension Service

By Chris Branam

Researchers at Oregon State University have taken a major step toward developing an on-site detection tool for crown gall disease, an incurable malady that affects numerous species of plants, including many of economic importance to Oregon.

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Farm Bureau: House passes The Ozone Standards Implementation Act

July 21, 2017 --

House Approves Measure Aligning Ozone Standards

Via Farm Bureau

The House passed a Farm Bureau-supported bill that provides for the reasonable implementation of EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 806) aligns the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards through a phased schedule that provides time to put already-planned controls in place.

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Wyden-Merkley Oregon Wildlands Act

July 19, 2017 --

 

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Oregon Wildlands and Scenic Rivers, Supporting Rural Economies and Local Recreation Jobs

via Senator Ron Wyden

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced their bill to protect some of the state’s most pristine and environmentally significant areas, which are essential for recreation jobs and the economies of rural areas across Oregon.

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Oregon Cattlemen’s Association applauds Secretary Zinke for touring Siskiyou National Monument

July 17, 2017 --

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

Secretary Of The Interior Ryan Zinke, “Glad To Be Back In Oregon” For Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Review

Announcing on twitter that he was “Glad to be back in Oregon! Here for a monument review…” the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association applauds Secretary Zinke for touring with OCA President John O’Keeffe and for hearing both sides of the issues of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

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Droughts in the west leave implications for spring wheat

July 14, 2017 --

Spring Wheat Markets Respond to Supply Concerns

Jaime Luke, Farm Bureau

Spring wheat, typically planted in late spring and harvested in late summer and early fall, prefers the mild summer weather of the northern states in which it is primarily grown. However, in recent months parts of the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest have been battling drought conditions, and this year’s spring wheat crop is showing the effects of little rain. Spring wheat is grown exclusively in the High Plains and Pacific Northwest, with nearly 99 percent of acres planted in 2017 in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington.

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Oregon’s bountiful summer harvest

July 12, 2017 --

Oregon growers display fruits of their labor

Via Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oregon is a veritable cornucopia, producing a “horn of plenty” filled with high quality tree fruit, berries, and a type of nut not grown anywhere else in the United States. Newly released national statistics show the state is a leader in production of many types of non-citrus fruits. Many of these delicious crops are in season or will be soon.

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American bullfrogs adapt to environs while still in their eggs

July 10, 2017 --

Photo by Lynn Ketchum, OSU

In the egg, American bullfrogs learn how to avoid becoming lunch

By Chris Branam, Oregon State Extension

When exposed to potential predators as an embryo, the invasive American bullfrog becomes harder to kill when it becomes a tadpole, according to a new study by Oregon State University researchers.
Tadpoles that hide more and develop faster when predators are present have better chances at survival, and the study sheds light on the frog’s capacity to proliferate across the Pacific Northwest, said Tiffany Garcia, an aquatic ecologist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and lead author of the study.

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