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Dumping NAFTA would doom farmers

January 19, 2018 --

By Karl Rove,
Wall Street Journal 1,18,18

In a Wall Street Journal interview last week, President Trump said if he were to “terminate” the North American Free Trade Agreement, it “would be frankly a positive for our country.”

This bluster could be a negotiating ploy before the next trilateral Nafta talks, set for Jan. 28 in Montreal. If not, Mr. Trump should stop threatening. Withdrawing from Nafta would immediately kill American jobs, while handing Democrats the midterm elections on a silver platter.

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Bipartisan efforts save local water source

January 17, 2018 --

Walden bill to protect Mt. Hood, local drinking water source, signed into law

Congressman Greg Walden

Eff legislation authored by Oregon Reps. Greg Walden and Earl Blumenauer, and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to help protect Mt. Hood and Crystal Springs, the local water source for communities in the surrounding area, was signed into law today.

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Will DEQ expand authority on pesticides

January 15, 2018 --

Oregon eyes expanding pesticide authority

At question is whether the Department of Environmental Quality will expand its authority and by extension give environmentalists grounds to file civil suits.


Oregonians For Food And Shelter

We think Oregon farm and forest interests are justifiably anxious as the state Department of Environmental Quality works to update its general permit for pesticide discharges under the Clean Water Act.

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Legislature, Ballot Measure important to Ag

January 10, 2018 --

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

This year, we have a “short” legislative session which begins on February 5th and runs through March 11th.

Legislators have strict limits on the amount of bills they can introduce this year (2 in the House and 1 in the Senate), so we don’t expect a lot of bills dealing with natural resource issues. What this means though, is that the bills that are introduced have less competition for attention so will have fewer hurdles to passage.

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Current snowpack below average


Oregon’s 2018 water supply outlook: snowpack below average, but many months remain to catch up

United States Department of Agriculture

All basins in Oregon are experiencing below to well below normal snowpack but the season is still early, according to the first water supply outlook report of the year released today by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Oregon mills can’t keep up with demand

January 8, 2018 --

By Rick Sohn, PhD
Coquille Lumber

Log prices continue to rise, in record territory. Starts in single family homes are the highest levels in 10 years, per Random Lengths. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared.

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Funding notifications sent to 115 districts for Outdoor School

January 3, 2018 --

Outdoor School begins funding notifications for 2017-18 school year

Oregon State University Extension

The new statewide Outdoor School, a program that provides fifth- and sixth-grade students with at least three days of outdoor education, has begun notifying school districts that they will receive funding for the 2017-18 school year.

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