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Oregon’s agriculture census is in the mail

December 13, 2017 --

It’s census time for Oregon farmers and ranchers

Oregon Department of Agriculture

The most ambitious and important agricultural survey of all is getting underway in Oregon and the rest of the fifty states as the 2017 Census of Agriculture literally reaches out to every farmer and rancher in the United States.

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Oregon farmer makes solar first

December 11, 2017 --

Oregon hazelnut farm, NW Hazelnut, is first to fully operate under solar energy. See the KOIN-TV news clip below.

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SNAP is up for a revamp

December 8, 2017 --

USDA Promises New SNAP Flexibilities to Promote Self-Sufficiency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is promising increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to promote self-sufficiency, integrity in the program, and better customer service. To make these improvements, USDA intends to offer state agencies greater local control over SNAP, the safety net program that serves millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. Specifics on such flexibilities will be communicated to state agencies in the coming weeks.

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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion is on its way to the President

December 6, 2017 --

AFRC Applauds Interior’s Recommendation on Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion

American Forest Resource Council

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today applauded the Department of the Interior’s (Interior) recommendation to modify the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. AFRC President Travis Joseph says the recommendation, if accepted by President Donald Trump, will help correct past overreach and ensure O&C lands within the expansion are managed as Congress originally intended.

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Wheels are coming off log prices

December 4, 2017 --

Timber Industry Report
By Rick Sohn, PhD
Coquille Lumber

Log prices are at record highs, and mills are in extreme competition for logs. The log shortage is leading to maintenance shutdowns, extended Christmas holidays, and one mill closure. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared.

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Opioid crisis impacting farming communities

December 1, 2017 --

Survey Shows Massive Opioid Impact in Farm Country; Farm Groups Call for Dialogue, Action

American Farm Bureau 

The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America, a Morning Consult survey shows.

While just under half of rural Americans say they have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, 74 percent of farmers and farm workers say they have. Three in four farmers say it would be easy for someone in their community to access opioids illegally, and just under half of rural adults – 46 percent – say the same. The poll, sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, is a first step in the groups’ collaboration on this issue.

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