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National Wheat Growers talk Farm Bill in DC

September 29, 2017 --

The Nation’s Wheat Growers Take on Capitol Hill to Talk Farm Bill

National Association of  Wheat Growers

Visiting almost all House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members and their offices, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) concluded its annual policy Fly-in today. From September 26-27, 2017, NAWG hosted around thirty growers from twelve top wheat producing states who spoke on the importance of the Farm Bill.

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80% of Oregon marijuana exported?

September 27, 2017 --

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation

Much of Southern Oregon sits at the northern tip of the Emerald Triangle, one of the nation’s best marijuana growing regions. The climate is ideal for growing cannabis. The growing season extends into fall and the long warm summers bring little or no rain.

Oregon produces such high yields that state senator Ted Ferrioli once noted that the state is the “Saudia Arabia of marijuana.” An Oregon State University researcher estimates the state production is three to five times higher than state consumption. That means a large share of Oregon’s marijuana crop is being set out of state. Sam Chapman, cofounder of New Economy Consulting, a Portland consulting firm specializing in the marijuana industry, told VICE News, “I’d guess 80 percent of all product in Oregon is, unfortunately, leaving the state.” The Oregon State Police’s drug enforcement division identifies Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Florida as statistically significant destinations for Oregon-grown cannabis.

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Josephine GMO ban ruling, Legislative update

September 25, 2017 --

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

Thursday brought a great victory for Oregon agriculture as the Oregon Court of Appeals confirmed the lower court opinion on the Josephine County GMO ban initiative. The GMO ban, passed in May of 2014, was beginning to be implemented by the County in June of 2015 when Josephine County farmers, Bob and Shelly White, filed a lawsuit claiming that the measure violated the state “seed preemption” law. Their challenge to the law was decided on in May of this year, with the Circuit Court Judge ruling that the GMO ban was clearly preempted. In his written opinion, Judge Wolke said that, “[I]n this case, the conflict could not be more clear that the County’s GMO ordinance, and ORS 633.738 are incompatible.” The Oregon Court of Appeals confirmed that lower court ruling “without opinion.” which means that they agreed with Judge Wolke and had nothing further to add. This is a resounding victory that strengthens Oregon’s seed preemption law.

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The miracle of cheese


OSU leads the whey in NW dairy sciences

By: Chris Branam

Oregon Extension Services 

The digital readout on the walk-in cooler displays 43 degrees as Lisbeth Goddik pulls open the door and steps inside.

Inside the dim, narrow room—Oregon State University’s equivalent to a European cheese cave—are vacuum-wrapped cheeses stacked nearly to the ceiling. For the next five months, the cheeses will slowly acquire their signature taste, texture, and appearance.

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USDA and FEMA team up in disaster relief

September 22, 2017 --

USDA Makes Disaster Resources Available to Rural Development Borrowers

By  United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development is providing tools and resources to help rural communities recover from the devastation brought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted today. The emergency procedures will provide additional flexibility for Rural Development borrowers and community partners to help them recover as quickly as possible and ensure they have what they need to rebuild their homes, businesses and communities.

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Oregon delegation requests emergency funding

September 20, 2017 --

Oregon Members Push for Emergency Wildfire Suppression Assistance

Congressman Peter DeFazio

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), along with Reps. Greg Walden (OR-02), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today sent a second letter to House leaders and the House Appropriations Committee requesting that emergency funding for wildland fire suppression be included in any emergency supplemental appropriations bill considered in the House for the rest of the year.

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Rep. Buehler: Oregon wildfire crisis solutions

September 18, 2017 --

Guest opinion submitted by Knute Buehler

Oregon State Representative and 2018 Governor candidate

This summer’s wildfire season has traumatized Oregonians across our state with more than 500,000 acres burned, so far, this summer. Families have lost homes and livelihoods. The special places where we hike, bike and camp are scarred or still burning. We’ve endured weeks of thick wildfire smoke creating public health emergencies and causing school activities and other events to be canceled. The courageous men and women fighting Oregon’s fires deserve our deep appreciation because without them, this crisis would have been much worse.

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Farm Bureau urges Washington to stop the HIT

September 15, 2017 --

Farm Bureau Urges Lawmakers to Stop the HIT for 2018

Via Farm Bureau

Citing a recent report that estimates the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax will force families purchasing coverage in the small group market to pay an additional $500 on average in premium costs next year, the American Farm Bureau Federation and 20-plus other organizations representing small businesses are urging the Senate Finance Committee to suspend the HIT for 2018. 

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Milk molecules, doing a body good

September 13, 2017 --

A New Milky Way?

Molecules in milk could enhance human health

By: Chris Branam

Oregon State University Extension Service 

A goat can eat poison oak with impunity.

Could that immunity transfer to a person by drinking that goat’s milk?

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Effective Oct. 1st: Cellphone ban for Oregon farmers

September 11, 2017 --

Ag exemption for cellphone use while driving ends on Oct. 1

Via Oregon Farm Bureau 

There’s a national movement to crack down on distracted driving, specifically driving while using a cellphone. This spring, Washington state legislators passed one of the most restrictive distracted driving laws in the country. And Oregon isn’t far behind.

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