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Oregon’s #2 diary in spectacular downfall

May 30, 2018 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

For more than a year, the state of Oregon has tried without success to force the owner of Lost Valley Farms in Boardman, the state’s second-largest dairy, to comply with environmental and agricultural permits.

Since the mega-dairy, permitted for 30,000 animals, opened in April 2017, it has repeatedly failed environmental inspections by improperly disposing of overflowing wastewater and waste, such as allowing a container holding dead animals to leak. The state has issued four citations and fined the dairy $10,640, according to an article last month in The Statesman-Journal.

State officials sued in February to close the 7,288-acre dairy over concerns that mismanaged handling of manure and wastewater jeopardized the safety of nearby residents by potentially contaminating groundwater and both city and private wells. The dairy’s spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus said overruns of wastewater and manure have not affected groundwater, according to The Oregonian.

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Panel considers new state emission regulations

May 28, 2018 --

By Abbie Laugtug
Oregon Business and Industry

The Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) held a meeting May 8 and 9 to help develop CAO rules. Judging from discussion during the meeting, significant work remains to persuade the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to adopt rules that fairly balance the needs of business, community and good government.

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Sinking the farm bill

May 25, 2018 --

Farm Bureau

American political history is filled with examples of politicians who seemed to forget who put them in office, turned their backs on agriculture and rural America, and paid the price at the ballot box. In the 2016 elections, an incumbent member of Congress from Kansas lost his primary race when farmers and ranchers turned out in droves and let him know that voting against the 2014 farm bill was a critical mistake. On the flip side, rural America turned out in a big way in November 2016 and helped put President Trump in office—demonstrating that rural America still packs an influential punch.

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Film Screening for property rights movie

May 22, 2018 --

By Oregonians In Action,
Oregon’s premier property rights organization

Non-profit property rights organization, Oregonians In Action, has secured the right to show a special, one-day only screening of Little Pink House. Little Pink House is the story of Susette Kelo, who valiantly fought to keep her home from being taken by the City of New London and given to another private property owner. The movie has a 93% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is drawing critical acclaim nationwide. If you want to know why property rights are important, you must see this film! Q & A after.

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Farm Bill fails in House

May 18, 2018 --

2018 Farm Bill fails to get needed votes

National Association of Wheat Growers,

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2018). Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the Hous. NAWG President and Sentinel, Oklahoma farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“NAWG is disappointed that the Farm Bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a suffering ag economy, extreme weather conditions, and disease, growers need access to a strong Farm Bill after September 30th.

“Congress needs to enact a Farm Bill before the current one expires to give farmers long-term certainty that a safety net will be available through these uncertain and difficult economic conditions.”

— Caitlin Eannello, NAWG Director of Communications. NAWG is the primary representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry and the general public. NAWG works with a team of 21 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at state and national levels. From their offices in the Wheat Growers Building on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members and the public.

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Ranchers rage at Blumenauer Farm Bill amendment


By National Cattlemen Beef Association

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and more than 40 of the nation’s most influential commodity trade associations are urging Congress to stand with farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by voting down the amendment offered by U.S. Reps. Dave Brat (7th Dist. – Va.) and Earl Blumenauer (3rd Dist. – Ore.) to the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Oregon’s famous farmer told ‘You ain’t gonna make it!’

May 16, 2018 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

As a former high-tech fugitive fleeing to the hills, Matt Roloff and his wife Amy, first dug down roots on a small patch of gently sloping acreage in Helvetia, more than one quarter century ago. Before kids, before TLC network fame (Little People, Big World show), and before pumpkins had ever entered his marketing plan, Matt caught the farming bug and left all the status symbols behind—granite countertops, manicured lawn, clean shoes, and nicely appointed suburban home—to move into an old house on 22 acres with a small peach orchard.

“That little guy? He ain’t gonna make it!”

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Log prices hit 25-year record

May 14, 2018 --

By Rick Sohn, PhD
Coquille Lumber

Lumber prices are strong, and log prices are stronger, continuing to set a sustained-price record. Rising mortgage rates are still relatively low while other statistics also point to market strength.

Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are reviewed in this month’s timber report.

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Farm Bill amendments are a disaster

May 11, 2018 --

By American Farm Bureau,

As farmers and ranchers suffer under an agriculture recession entering its fifth year, the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 300 other organizations are calling on House members to stand firmly against amendments to the farm bill (H.R. 2) that would hurt farm and ranch families.

“A core purpose of a farm bill at any time is to help the country’s farmers and ranchers weather factors beyond their control, including natural disasters, disease, and high and rising foreign subsidies, tariffs, and non-tariff trade barriers. This is especially true during hard economic times,” the groups wrote in a May 9 letter.

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10-Year Study: Trout thrive after logging

May 9, 2018 --

By Oregon State University,

A decade-long study of cutthroat trout in the Oregon Coast Range has found that logging practices conducted in accord with the Oregon Forest Practices Act had no adverse impacts on coastal cutthroat trout and coho salmon populations or movements.

In studies of logging practices prior to passage of the act in 1971, changes to fish habitat were documented from the use of stream channels as transportation corridors for logs and from other changes to riparian areas adjacent to streams. One of the landmark studies of such practices occurred in the Alsea River watershed in the late 1960s.

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