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Oregon Far Bureau lays out 2018 legislative priorities

January 31, 2018 --

OFB priorities for 2018 Oregon Legislature

The 2018 Oregon Legislative Session starts on Feb. 5. From the first gavel drop, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Government Affairs staff will be at the capitol representing the interests of Farm Bureau members and advocating for the unique needs of Oregon agriculture.

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Dam project could see devastating effects in Willamette Valley

January 29, 2018 --

Dam project could have severe impact on farmers

Oregonians For Food and Shelter

A major proposal to boost fish passage and stabilize the water temperature at Detroit Dam could leave irrigators high and dry for up to two years in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

The North Santiam River flows past fields of green grass at Butler Farms west of Stayton, Ore., where Gary Butler and his two brothers grow more than 2,000 acres of irrigated crops.

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New research could end tobacco use

January 24, 2018 --

Innovative Technology Can Reduce Tobacco Harm and Save Oregonians Tax Dollars

Cascade Policy Institute

By Steve Buckstein

To eventually end cigarette use in America, rather than rely on tobacco taxes, public service announcements, and restrictions on cigarette use, we might look toward innovation. New technologies hold out the promise of ending deadly cigarette use altogether. The biggest impediment standing in the way is the federal government.

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Oregon to take center stage at the Capitol

January 22, 2018 --

Peter DeFazio Applauds U.S. Forest Service Decision to use Oregon Tree as Capitol Christmas Tree

Congressman Peter DeFazio

Rep. Peter DeFazio today applauded the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to use a tree from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest as the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

The tree will be a gift from the Willamette National Forest and the State of Oregon to the people of the United States and will be displayed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the 2018 Christmas season. The tree will come from the Sweet Home Ranger District.

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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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