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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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EPA considering change to 2018 Biofuel Mandate

October 6, 2017 --

NCCR Welcomes EPA Move To Reconsider Flawed Biofuel Mandate For 2018

J. Craig Shearman

National Retail Federation

The National Council of Chain Restaurants today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it is considering whether to reduce the amount of biomass-based diesel that will be required to be blended into gasoline next year under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard program.

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GMO Ban overturned in Josephine County

October 4, 2017 --

Oregon Court of Appeals affirms ruling overturning GMO ban

Oregonians for Food and Shelter

A ruling that invalidated a GMO ban in Oregon’s Josephine County has been affirmed on appeal.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has affirmed that a prohibition against genetically engineered crops in Josephine County is pre-empted by state law.

Voters in Josephine County approved the ban in 2014, nearly a year after state lawmakers passed a bill barring local governments from regulating genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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Timber up due to big hurricane, wildfire season

October 2, 2017 --

By Rick Sohn Ph.d
Umpqua CoquilleLLC

Markets are rebounding in the wake of serious hurricane and fire seasons. Product prices are up, while log prices have fallen slightly. Housing remains stable as inventories and mortgage rates drop slightly and home value continues to rise nationally. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared.

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