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Farm Bureau warns of trade blowback

March 30, 2018 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation

The following statement on possible trade retaliation by China against U.S. farm exports may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“If the trade situation continues to deteriorate, our lives as farmers and ranchers will become more difficult. America’s farmers and ranchers export more than $20 billion of farm products to China – more than 15 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports. After Canada, China is our second-largest customer for ag exports. In retaliation for what our government says are justified U.S. trade measures against China on intellectual property issues, Chinese officials now have indicated they are prepared to slap tariffs on U.S. pork, wine and fruit.

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Klamath Basin drought crisis, 4000 jobs at risk

March 28, 2018 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association

Severe water shortages and mountain snowpack levels less than half of average prompted a drought declaration for the Klamath Basin and the offer of federal assistance to help farmers curtail wind erosion on their land.

Earlier this month, Governor Kate Brown signed the drought declaration in Klamath Falls, clearing the way for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help farmers and ranchers with soil subject to wind erosion, according to a Klamath News & Herald article.

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Walden praised for $65M rural timber funds

March 26, 2018 --

By Association of O&C Counties

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) recognized Congressman Greg Walden for his role in securing a funding offset for the extension under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS). The funding is included in the recent budget agreement reached by U.S. House and U.S. Senate leaders this week.

AOCC also thanked U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and other members of the Oregon Congressional delegation who supported the program’s reauthorization. According to AOCC’s estimates, O&C Counties would receive just over a total of $65 million over two years across all SRS titles. The budget agreement also included several federal forest management reforms that will expedite certain forest projects that reduce the risks of catastrophic wildfires.

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Bipartisan timber plan part of budget deal

March 23, 2018 --

By The American Forest Resource Council,

AFRC Applauds Bipartisan Agreement on Federal Wildfire Funding, Forest Management Solutions.  The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), a trade association representing logging and milling companies in the West, today applauded a bipartisan agreement to include federal wildfire suppression and forest management reforms in the omnibus spending package.

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Trump tariff backlash, Keg company 30% layoff

March 22, 2018 --

Editorial, Wall Street Journal

American Keg Company is the only remaining U.S. manufacturer of stainless steel beer kegs. Despite competition from German and Chinese firms, American Keg has only used domestic steel. But now it’s being punished for this domestic sourcing as Donald Trump’s steel tariffs have forced the business to lay off a third of its workforce.

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Big lawmaker turnover = wild 2018

March 21, 2018 --

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

This year, there has been an unusually large number of retirements, leaving many seats to be open (no incumbent) or have an incumbent who was appointed since the 2016 election and are facing voters for the first time. While primary elections are important in all districts, they can have a bigger impact on open seats. This is especially true in districts where one political party has a significant registration advantage and the primary election for that party will likely picking the winner in November.

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7 messages of Oregon Ag week

March 18, 2018 --

By Oregon Department of Ag.

Oregonians and citizens across the United States have a chance to say thank you to the nation’s farmers and ranchers this coming week. Once again, Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor is providing a theme for each day.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our economy across the state,” says Taylor. “So, I think National Agriculture Week is a very exciting time to focus on and highlight our agricultural producers and the many aspects of our economy and way of life. Of course, as Oregonians, we have opportunities all year long to say thank you and appreciate our farmers, ranchers, and fishers.”

National Agriculture Week takes place March 18-24. With it running from Sunday through Saturday, Taylor has listed seven adjectives– one for each day– to describe agriculture in Oregon.

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Oregon Farm Bureau: Short Session round-up

March 14, 2018 --

Oregon agriculture fared well in 2018 Oregon Short Session

By the OFB Governmental Affairs team

After a marathon 28-day session, the Legislature officially adjourned the 2018 Oregon Short Legislative Session on Saturday, March 3. Early signals indicated that the 2018 session would be divisive and potentially harmful to farmers and ranchers. Fortunately, many of the most harmful policies were sidelined this year.

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TPP could be big loss for Oregon wheat

March 12, 2018 --

Oregon Wheat

The Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission joined with 33 other national and state wheat organizations, in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer asking that the Administration immediately prioritize efforts to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to save the valuable Japanese market for U.S. wheat farmers. The agreement will be signed today by the other 11 TPP countries (TPP-11) in Santiago, Chile.

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Lifeline funding for rural counties

March 7, 2018 --

Senator Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., along with a bipartisan group of members of Congress and county commissioners from across the country, today urged Congress to provide long-term, lifeline funding for rural counties in upcoming must-pass legislation.

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