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Reps. defend Oregon timber jobs

October 30, 2017 --

Reps. Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden Fight for Oregon Timber Jobs Before International Trade Commission

Congressman DeFazio

Oregon Members Testify to the International Trade Commission in Support of Investigation into Unfair Chinese Hardwood Plywood Imports

In testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Greg Walden (OR-02) defended Oregon timber jobs against the dumping of cheap Chinese hardwood plywood products.

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Trump surrenders on ethanol

October 27, 2017 --

Wall Street Editorial Board,

The bipartisan pull of corporate welfare—also known as the swamp—is powerful. Last week it swallowed up no less than Donald Trump and his fearless Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt. They caved under pressure from the ethanol lobby and political extortion from Republican Senators Joni Ernst, Deb Fischer and Chuck Grassley.

Mr. Pruitt announced Thursday that EPA won’t reduce its proposed 19.24 billion gallon biofuels quota for 2018, and may even increase it. The EPA will further consider giving biofuels a pass to pollute that no other industry enjoys, via what’s known as a Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for high-ethanol blends.

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The plight of the exotic wood boring beetles

October 25, 2017 --

Exotic wood boring beetles knocking on Oregon’s door

Oregon Department of Agriculture 

It’s been 20 years since the Oregon Department of Agriculture placed its first traps for exotic wood boring insects in the vicinity of a railroad tie creosoting plant in The Dalles. A lot has happened since amid the constant threat of bad beetles hitching a ride into the state. But the picture would certainly be more bleak without the cooperation ODA has received from the company operating the plant and its efforts to address concerns about bringing in untreated lumber that might harbor these invasive insects.

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Elevated toxins close crabbing on southern Oregon Coast

October 23, 2017 --

Portion of Oregon coast closed to recreational crab harvesting

Oregon Department of Agriculture

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the immediate closure of all recreational crabbing from Cape Blanco on the southern Oregon coast to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. The recreational crabbing season in the ocean closed coast-wide on October 15.

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NCBA: Victory for Cattle Producers and Consumers

October 20, 2017 --

NCBA on GIPSA Rule Withdrawal: “Victory for Cattle Producers and Consumers”

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, today released the following statement in response to USDA’s decision to withdraw its controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) interim final rule:

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Children in rural counties face food-insecurities

October 18, 2017 --

Physical activity lacking for food-insecure Oregon rural children

Oregon  State Extension Services 

Many rural Oregon children living in food-insecure homes aren’t getting enough physical activity, according to an Oregon State University study.

The study is published in the journal Preventative Medicine Reports.

In a sample of 144 families in three counties–Clackamas, Columbia and Klamath–40 percent were determined by OSU researchers to be at risk for food insecurity, which describes a socioeconomic condition where households have limited or uncertain access to food of adequate quantity or quality.
Among the food-insecure households, more families reported low readiness to provide opportunities for their children to be active outside of the school day.

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Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program helping farmers with land succession

October 16, 2017 --

New program & commission to protect Oregon ag heritage

Oregon Department of Agriculture 

From protecting agricultural lands using easements and covenants, to helping farmers and ranchers keep their operation in the family through succession planning, the newly formed Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program and its soon-to-be formed commission offer hope that working lands stay in production while providing conservation benefits. At its core, the new program incentivizes farmers and ranchers to support voluntary practices that are good for agriculture and the state’s natural resources.

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National Monument Creation and Protection Act sees strong praise

October 13, 2017 --

NCBA, PLC Praise Mark-up of National Monument Creation and Protection Act

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 

The Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today praised Chairman Rob Bishop and the House Natural Resources Committee for marking-up H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection

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New regulations coming to ag water quality

October 11, 2017 --

Changes planned for Oregon ag water quality oversight

Oregonians For Food And Shelter

Regulators are implementing a new approach to ensure Oregon farmers comply with agricultural water quality standards.

Oregon’s farm regulators aim to increase the impact of their agricultural water quality program by shifting how grant money is allocated, among other changes.

Ensuring that farmers comply with water quality standards is within the purview of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which traditionally focused its attention on waterways subject to complaints.

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Balancing conservation and constitutional timber requirements

October 9, 2017 --

Timber Conservation and Oregon’s Constitution Shouldn’t Be at Odds

By Lydia White

Cascade Policy Institute

The Idaho Department of State Lands and the U.S. Forest Service signed ten agreements to allow logging and restoration on federal forest land, including land managed to benefit Idaho public schools by means of the Common School Fund.

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