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Battling fake meat

April 30, 2018 --

By National Cattlemen Beef Association,

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted official comments to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) outlining key principles for the regulation of fake meat products. The comments, filed in response to Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Petition Number 18-01, encourage USDA to look beyond modifying “standards of identity” in order to provide adequate protection for beef producers and consumers.

“It is critical that the federal government step up to the plate and enforce fair and accurate labeling for fake meat,” said Kevin Kester, President of NCBA. “As long as we have a level playing field, our product will continue to be a leading protein choice for families in the United States and around the world.”

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Amateur hour at State Land Board

April 29, 2018 --


By John Charles
Cascade Policy Institute

Oregon owns 1.5 million acres of School Trust Lands that must be managed for the benefit of public education. When profits are earned, the money goes into the Common School Fund, an endowment. Last year, the Fund distributed more than $70 million to local schools.

The Trust Lands are managed by the State Land Board, comprised of the Governor, the State Treasurer, and the Secretary of State. By policy, they are supposed to sell money-losing lands and keep the profitable ones.

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How the 2018 Farm Bill was formed

April 26, 2018 --

By By Josh Rolph,
California Farm Bureau,

Early collaboration and preparation helped to produce a House farm bill that includes many Farm Bureau priorities as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, H.R. 2, passed the House Agriculture Committee.

The bill passed last week with strong opposition from the Democratic minority committee members, who ended negotiations about a month ago after they saw a Republican reform proposal for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program. The proposal would change existing work requirements for able-bodied adults ages 18-59. During committee markup, each Democratic member spoke out against the proposal.

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Cougar walks into hotel in The Dalles

April 24, 2018 --

By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,

A two-year-old male cougar that traveled all the way into downtown The Dalles and into a hotel complex was euthanized today after wildlife managers determined it was a public safety risk.

At 9:30 a.m. today, City of The Dalles Police responded to an incident at the Oregon Motor Motel downtown after reports of a wild animal within the complex. The animal was in a room under construction down a narrow walkway.

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Oregon lands miss 600% tax revenue opportunity

April 23, 2018 --

By Cascade Policy Institute,

How Does Oregon Compare with Other Western States in Management of Public Lands?

Join Cascade Policy Institute on Thursday, April 26, at noon for our monthly Policy Picnic

Cascade Policy Institute recently commissioned economist Eric Fruits, Ph.D. to do a comparative analysis of nine Western states with large Common School Trust Land portfolios to determine under what circumstances it might make sense for states to sell these lands and invest the net proceeds into stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments.

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Don’t fear party-line Farm Bill vote

April 20, 2018 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation Newsline,

The American Farm Bureau Federation says this week’s party-line vote on the farm bill is a standard practice for agriculture legislation. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: The vote to advance the 2018 farm bill out of the House Agriculture Committee falls in line with similar votes on agriculture legislation, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF vice president of public affairs Dale Moore says votes have historically been partisan on the farm bill and other agriculture issues at the committee level.

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Wyden’s Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Hemp

April 18, 2018 --

US Senator Ron Wyden Press Release,

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced today the bipartisan, Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.

The legislation will also give states the opportunity to become the primary regulators of hemp, allow hemp researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and make hemp farmers eligible to apply for crop insurance.

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Cormorant harassment aims to protect young fish

April 17, 2018 --

By Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Harassment, or “hazing”, of double-crested cormorants is set to begin soon in several areas along the Oregon Coast in an effort to improve survival of juvenile salmon.

Double-crested cormorants are fish-eating waterbirds that occur throughout the state. The species is an Oregon native, and is particularly prevalent on the state’s estuaries during April through October. Research indicates cormorants can consume significant numbers of juvenile salmon during this time period.

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Walden secures top pledge to not privatize BPA

April 16, 2018 --

Greg Walden Press Release,

Rep. Greg Walden, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today secured a commitment from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to not sell off assets of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) without Congressional authorization. During a hearing at the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden said the Administration’s proposal would have a negative impact on Oregonians and consumers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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First peak at 2018 Farm Bill

April 13, 2018 --

By National Association of Wheat Growers,

The House Committee on Agriculture released its language for its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. In response, NAWG President Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“We are glad to see that the House is taking a first step in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization process by releasing its draft bill. NAWG is currently reviewing the text and will continue to work with Members of the Committee and their staff to ensure our priorities are addressed in the bill.

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