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Farm Bureau on latest NAFTA changes

August 31, 2018 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation,

The following statement regarding the announcement of trade progress with Mexico can be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“Farmers and ranchers are ready to move forward on trade with our nearest neighbors. Farm Bureau is excited about this announcement and will review the details of the Mexican trade deal as they become available.

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Alternative crops blunted Oregon wildfire

August 29, 2018 --

by Robyn H. Smith
Oregon’s Beef Blog

“All of the pasture on the ranch was destroyed. Winter wheat for fall, winter pasture, gone,” said rancher, David Brewer. David runs his cattle operation on 2,800 acres outside of The Dalles, Oregon. David roughly estimated that of his 2,800 acre property, 1,500 acres were destroyed by the Substation fire.

It took David awhile to consider how much of his property was lost. The thought hadn’t crossed his mind because the main concern for those impacted by the Boxcar and Substation fires was the safety of family and neighbors. “The herd was in the creek-bed, so I knew they were fine. I was spending 24 hours a day in the tractor discing my neighbor’s property, trying to protect us both,” he said.

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Trump agrees to protect West Coast whales

August 28, 2018 --

Natural Resource News Note,

This week the Trump administration reached a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Native American tribal group called the Wishtoyo Foundation. The Trump administration will now designate certain habitat along the Pacific Ocean for endangered humpback whales.

Here is a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity:

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Marijuana rise overloads OLCC licensing

August 27, 2018 --

By Oregon Small Business Association

An overwhelming response from people seeking to grow and sell recreational marijuana has prompted the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to temporarily halt processing of new applications for licenses.

As of June 15, the OLCC will focus on processing applications already submitted rather than moving new applicants into the channel, according to a news release from the agency.

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Sham investigation on Water rule

August 24, 2018 --

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, released the following statement in response to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report B-329504:

“Radical environmental activists and their allies in Congress first requested this sham investigation to distract from the real issue: Their misguided support for the gravely flawed 2015 WOTUS rule. It is a shame to think about the wasted taxpayer dollars that were devoted to this report in a vain attempt by Representatives Cummings, DeFazio, McCollum, and Pallone to grab a few headlines. From the beginning, we have known there was absolutely nothing wrong with the EPA Administrator encouraging stakeholders to comment on a rule that impacts their livelihoods. We are glad to see this issue finally put to rest so that we can focus on killing the 2015 WOTUS rule once and for all.” 

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Wildfires breaking even more records

August 22, 2018 --

By California Farm Bureau,

Already, here in August, nearly 1 million acres of California land has burned as a result of wildfires. During all of 2017—a year that included three of the eight most destructive fires on record—total acreage was about 1.2 million.

We certainly face a crisis: With numbing regularity, California has set records for the largest wildfires in recorded history; innocent civilians and brave firefighters have died; billions of dollars’ worth of property has been lost; our environment has been scarred and our much-touted success in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions has been negated.

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Sen. Wyden: Update wildfire study

August 20, 2018 --

US Senator Ron Wyden,

Sen. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today asked Travel Oregon to update its 2017 wildfire study to capture the additional impact of this year’s wildfires on the normally robust outdoor recreation and tourism economy in Oregon.

The senators said the agency’s previous research on the impact of the 2017 wildfires was very helpful and that an update incorporating this year’s wildfires affecting the Rogue and Deschutes Rivers would help raise awareness of the more recent wildfires on the local recreation and tourism economy. The updated Travel Oregon research, they said, also would help in any appeals for federal disaster assistance.

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Water ruling threatens farmers, ranchers

August 17, 2018 --

By Oregon Farm Bureau

SALEM, OREGON, August 16, 2018 – The following statement may be attributed to Oregon Farm Bureau Public Policy Counsel Mary Anne Cooper.

“Despite outcry from thousands of farm and ranch families from across the nation, today’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina means that the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule is now in effect in Oregon.

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Farmers seek their fair share of $12 billion tariff aid

August 15, 2018 --

By California Farm Bureau,

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture writes rules for how it will distribute $12 billion in assistance funding to farmers negatively affected by international trade disputes, California agricultural leaders are working to ensure farmers who grow specialty crops receive a fair share of the one-time aid package.

USDA unveiled last month a three-part plan aimed at helping farmers weather some of the impacts from retaliatory tariffs that other nations have imposed on U.S. agricultural products, including specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and wine. The aid package includes direct payments to some farmers, government purchases of surplus crops and a trade promotion program.

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2018 Century Farm & Ranch Award winners

August 13, 2018 --

By Oregon Farm Bureau,

At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch.  The 2018 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Oregon State Fair.  The public recognition ceremony and awards celebration will be held in the Picnic Grove Area.   Please join us for this special event that celebrates Oregon’s agricultural heritage.

Twelve farms and ranches from eight different counties will be honored this year as Century Farms or Ranches and two farms reached Sesquicentennial status, bringing the total number of Oregon Century Farms and Ranches to 1,212 & Sesquicentennial to 41. 

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