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Oregon leads in Renewable Fuels, we need to urge EPA to do the same.

August 30, 2017 --

By Caleb Robyler

Oregon is a major leader in renewable fuel production. Our biofuel facilities support thousands of jobs, helping produce cleaner fuels from agricultural feedstocks. Ethanol also supplies a full 10 percent of America’s motor fuel needs and cuts carbon emissions by an average of 43 percent, according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Wallowa County takes lethal action on wolf pack


Harl Burre Wolf Pack: Incremental Lethal Take Decision After Depredations On Cattle

Via Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

A series of wolf depredations on cattle in Wallowa County has finally come to a head with the decision for an incremental lethal take on the Harl Butte Wolf Pack. There have been seven confirmed dead depredations in the past 12 months, which include two separate events in the week of July 20th through 27th.

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Forest business & timber refresh

August 28, 2017 --

Forest Policy Briefs

Update on Current Policy News Affecting Forest Business & Timber Supply

By Rex Storm

Oregon Loggers Association 

Governors Want National Forest Reform: Pointing to ‘significant dissatisfaction’ with national forest management, the Western Governors’ Association on June 28th approved a resolution that proposes a US Forest Service overhaul. The resolution resulted from efforts by WGA Chairman, Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Key resolution statements are:

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Incubating a new generation of farmers

August 25, 2017 --

Incubators Help Beginning Farmers Break into Farming Without Breaking the Bank

By Dr. Lisa Benson

Via Farm Bureau

Starting a new farm often requires large capital investments to purchase or rent farmland, access farm equipment and set up storage facilities. Beginning farmers can expect to invest more than $800,000 in their farms in the first few years. On average, it takes about five to seven years for farms to become profitable. In the meantime, beginning farmers are often saddled with massive debt. They are trying to meet large loan payments and working on the farm as well as an off-farm job to make ends meet. Farm incubators provide a way for beginning farmers to learn how to start a successful farm business and gain access to farmland and farm equipment without massive initial capital investments.

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Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program announces 2017 honorees

August 23, 2017 --

2017 Oregon Century, Sesquicentennial Farms & Ranches Announced

Via Oregon Farm Bureau 


At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch. The 2017 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Oregon State Fair. The public recognition ceremony and awards celebration will be held in the Picnic Grove Area. Please join us for this special event that celebrates Oregon’s agricultural heritage.

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OSU Extension Service: Better forest roads lead to healthy waterways

August 21, 2017 --

Proper forest road construction helps keep streams healthy, according to study

By Chris Branam

Oregon State Extension Services 

Researchers measure the degree of hydrological connectivity of an unpaved road. Photo courtesy Ivan Arsimendi.

Logging roads in the uplands of the northern Oregon Coast Range aren’t sending enough sediment into streams to harm fish and aquatic insects, according to a new Oregon State University study.
Ivan Arismendi, an aquatic ecologist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and his colleagues investigated whether current road-building practices were sending excessive sediment into the water. They sampled five streams above and below unpaved roads in the Trask River watershed in the northern Oregon Coast Range from 2010-2013.

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New tariff values impact U.S. frozen beef in Japan

August 18, 2017 --

Multitude of Factors Impact US-Australia Competition in Japan

Via Farm Bureau

In the wake of the Japanese safeguard tariff on U.S. frozen beef, discussions have focused on the relative change in tariff values that impact frozen beef. For those of you who may have missed it, Japan, beginning on August 1 temporarily increased the U.S. tariff on frozen beef imports from 38.5 percent to 50 percent until the end of the Japan’s fiscal year (March 31). Safeguard tariffs are implemented when the import volume exceeds a predetermined threshold.

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Interior Sec. Oregon visit on Monument debate

August 16, 2017 --

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke “Glad to be Back in Oregon” for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Review
By Oregon Cattlemen Association

Southern Ore., – 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.

On April 26th, President Trump signed an Executive Order for the review of monument designations made under the Antiquities Act by previous Presidents. As many Oregon ranchers hoped, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, as designated by President Trump, made a trip to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on July 15th, 2017, where he conducted a thorough and precise preview.

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Call the EPA on Water Rule

August 14, 2017 --

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

Over the past couple of years, we have shared information about the EPA’s move to expand the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS), under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

Back in August of 2015, under the Obama administration, EPA finalized rules that expanded waters regulated by the CWA to include virtually all waters. This brought federal jursidiction over ditches, puddles and other waters that are not considered “navigable.” The American Farm Bureau Federation has a great background piece on the issue HERE.

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Bumper Crop: Soybeans and corn see high yields

August 11, 2017 --

Surprise, Another Big Corn and Soybean Crop On the Way

John Newton, Ph.D.

Via Farm Bureau

USDA’s August Crop Production report provides the first survey-based estimate of corn and soybean yields, harvested area and production for the U.S. The objective yield and farm operator surveys were conducted between July 25 and Aug. 8 to gather information on expected yields as of Aug. 1. Please note, crop condition data is not considered in the calculation of objective yields.

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