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Wolves up 11%

June 27, 2018 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association

The wolf population that was once nearly wiped out because of bounties increased 11 percent last year, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The agency counted at least 124 wolves in Oregon, according to the 2017 Annual Wolf Report released in mid-April. The report tallies the number of wolves seen by people as well as tracks and remote photographs. The wolf population is likely higher than 124, which is a minimum, according to an article in the Bend Bulletin.

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Congress close to Ag immigration bill

June 26, 2018 --

By California Farm Bureau,

Next month, for the first time since 1986, the full U.S. House of Representatives may consider a bill to reform agricultural labor and immigration policy. The bill would arise out of ongoing discussions in the House about the need for immigration reform and out of pressure from agricultural groups to be included as part of that solution.

The Senate took up immigration reform in 1998, 2006 and 2013. But in a sign of just how polarized and contentious the issue is, in the past 32 years, the House has never come far enough to even bring a bill up for a vote.

Meanwhile, farmers, ranchers and their employees have endured an immigration system that simply doesn’t work, and their frustration is palpable.

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Wolf Week: Oregon ranchers tell their story

June 25, 2018 --

By Oregon Cattleman Association,

OCA will be featuring interviews with ranchers that have experienced wolves in Oregon firsthand. Tune into the OCA Facebook page to hear their stories!

[Videos below]

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Double good news for Ag in June

June 20, 2018 --

By Oregonians For Food and Shelter

The Fish & Wildlife Commission reversed course and decided not to uplist the marbled murrelet from “threatened” to “endandered” on a 4-2 vote.

As we shared previously, back in February, the ODFW Commission voted four-to-two in favor of uplisting the marbled murrelet from “threatened” to “endangered” under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. The decision stemmed from a pair of petitions submitted by a coalition of environmental interests led by Cascadia Wildlands.

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Schrader: Re-evaluate Detroit dam

June 18, 2018 --

Congressman Kurt Schrader,
Press Release,

As the city of Salem issued a water advisory, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) calling for a reevaluation of the Detroit Dam Downstream Passage Project, raising serious concerns about the potential impact the project could have on Salem’s water supply. The Members also have concerns about the impact the project could have on communities throughout the Santiam canyon and the region, including the cities of Detroit, Mill City, Gates, Idanha, Stayton and beyond. In addition, over 850 irrigation customers rely on the North Santiam River and serious questions remain about how the timing and proposed construction will affect their operations. Stakeholders throughout the region including tribal interests, cities, businesses, agricultural interests, conservationists, recreations users, anglers, and municipalities need to have a full and thorough understanding of the project to be able to appropriately respond and prepare.

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20-1 vote moves 2018 Farm Bill forward!

June 14, 2018 --

Senate Committee Vote a “Positive Step” for 2018 Farm Bill
By National Cattlemen Beef Association
Press Release,

WASHINGTON D.C. (June 13, 2018) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera today issued the following statement in response to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s vote to advance the 2018 Farm Bill:

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Immigration Reform Common Ground

June 13, 2018 --

By Jeff Stone
Oregon Association of Nurseries

The immigration system has been broken for more than three decades.

Building an immigration reform package in a vitriolic political environment remains a huge challenge. Oregon’s agricultural industry is united in seeking a solution to the perpetual labor crisis. Getting from there will demand that we reconsider what a solution could look like.

Washington, D.C. has changed since the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed. Congress envisioned a two-step process — first bring undocumented people into legal status, and second, create a visa system to assure a legal labor supply.

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Oregon’s forest & logging industry examined

June 11, 2018 --

By Oregon Employment Department

Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s landmass.

The Oregon Department of Forestry estimates logging harvests totaled 3.9 billion board feet in 2016. While much of this timber feeds Oregon’s wood products industry, creating jobs and income, many jobs are also created planting, growing, and harvesting this resource. According to the Oregon Employment Department’s covered employment statistics, the subsector’s 757 firms employed 9,668 people statewide and added $539 million in payroll to Oregon’s economy in 2016.

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Keeping farms financially stable

June 8, 2018 --

American Farm Bureau

A Los Angeles Times column on the farm bill that ran earlier this week relied heavily on the anti-progress agenda of those who oppose nearly every aspect of our nation’s modern food system. In response, AFBF President Zippy Duvall submitted the letter below.

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Farmer share of food dollar declines

June 6, 2018 --

By American Farm Bureau

Farmers are receiving less of the food dollar than ever before. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: Recent research from the Department of Agriculture shows that in 2016, the farmers’ share of the food dollar fell to 14.8 percent, down 4.5 percent from the prior year and the lowest level since the Food Dollar Series was launched in 1993. Dr. John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation market intelligence director, says lower commodity prices and where consumers are purchasing food are driving the farmers’ share of the food dollar lower.

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