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$12B Farm Aid not equitable

September 28, 2018 --

National Association of Wheat Growers,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of the $12 billion package of aid to farmers hurt by retaliation resulting from the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. According to the USDA press announcement, assistance to wheat growers will be 14¢/bushel. NAWG President and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“In public remarks, USDA Secretary Perdue stated that the federal aid package for farmers being harmed by our current trade war with China won’t seem like it’s equitable. This was made clear  when the Administration introduced a proposal which poorly reflects the reality that all farmers are being harmed by tariffs.

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Horse can’t sue owner for $100,000

September 26, 2018 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

A horse can’t talk, despite Hollywood’s best attempts to make it seem so, and it can’t file a lawsuit against its owner, either, according to an Oregon judge.
Animal rights activist lawyers filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the owner of Justice, an 8-year-old lice-infested horse found in March 2017 with frostbitten genitals, weighing 300 pounds less than it should, according to Aimee Green’s Sept. 17 article in The Oregonian. Its owner, Gwendolyn Vercher of Cornelius, paid $3,700 in restitution after her conviction for first-degree animal neglect.

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GOP & ID Governor aim to join sage grouse lawsuit

September 25, 2018 --

Idaho Governor C.L.Otter and several Republicans leaders are trying to join a lawsuit to stop more restrictions regarding protecting the greater sage grouse.

The Spokesman Review has more:

An Idaho ranch’s attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other top state Republicans. Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill asked a federal judge last month for permission to intervene in a lawsuit targeting the federal government’s regulation of sage grouse habitat.“Because over 60 percent of Idaho is managed by the federal government, the Idaho Legislature has a strong interest in ensuring that federal land use issues fully consider the input of our citizens that live, work and recreate on these lands,” Bedke, a Republican from Oakley, wrote in his brief. The lawsuit was filed in April by Oakley-based brothers Douglas, Don and David Pickett, who own Tugaw ranch. They are being represented by conservative law firm Pacific Legal Foundation.

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Photo: 19 elk perish in Oregon avalanche

September 24, 2018 --

By Oregon Sportsmen Association,

Melting snow last month unveiled the carcasses of 19 elk likely killed by an avalanche a year ago on Broken Top mountain peak east of Bend, Oregon.

Hikers discovered the carcasses of the dead animals near the Broken Top and No Name Lake, according to The Bulletin in Bend.

Jamie Bowles of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife identified bulls, cows, and calves among the elk killed by the avalanche, according to an Aug. 17 article in The Idaho Statesman by Keven Davenport. The elk suffered torn hides and broken limbs and antlers.

Warm, dry weather has melted the snow, which had preserved the carcasses, preventing decomposition until recently. Oregon is experiencing a drought after a hot summer, according to the U.S. Drought Portal at

“They had been encased in snow for quite a while,” Bowels said.

Wildlife biologists believe the avalanche might have occurred in the winter of 2016-17 after heavy snowfall. The animals will be left where they were found, according to Bowles, as moving them would be dangerous and unnecessary.

ODFW biologists believe the elk triggered an avalanche while attempting to cross a steep slope near Broken Top Peak above No Name Lake, according to an Aug. 21 article in The Inertia Mountain. The slope gave way, twisting and contorting the animals’ bodies.

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Interior Dept. secret settlements with activists

September 21, 2018 --

By Farm Bureau Federation,

Activists have grown rich by suing the government and reaping billions of taxpayers’ dollars – and all in secret. The U.S. Department of Interior, however, has issued an order to curb this abuse of basic, democratic processes and to open backroom deals to public scrutiny. The American Farm Bureau Federation applauds this overdue action.

Interior alone paid out more than $4.4 billion in monetary awards under terms of 460 settlement agreements and consent decrees between Jan. 1, 2012, and Jan. 19, 2017. In other words, Interior paid out an average of more than $800 million a year while keeping key aspects of litigation secret.

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Alert: farmers hit with scam license renewals

September 19, 2018 --

By Oregon Farm Bureau,

Attn. Farm Bureau members: We’ve been informed that fake emails are being sent asking you to “review and update your membership to avoid revoking of your license” (see example below).

This is a scam; please do not respond, nor click on the attached PDF in the email. All Farm Bureau members receive a paper invoice in the mail for membership

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Oregon Ag numbers outpacing nation

September 17, 2018 --

By Oregon Prosperity Project,

Oregon always has been an agricultural state, with all parts of the state contributing. There’s wheat, beef, potatoes and onions from Eastern Oregon; grass seed, vegetables and nuts from the Willamette Valley; and fruit from the Columbia River Gorge and Southern Oregon.

Oregon’s ability to grow and raise so many types of food has created the foundation for an expanding food economy that includes all levels of the food chain, from farms and ranches to food processors and distributors to restaurants and retailers.

Oregon leads the nation in production of at least a dozen crops, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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Trump rule protects ranchers from lawsuit abuse

September 14, 2018 --

National Cattlemen Beef Association Press Release,

The National Cattlemen Beef Association and PLC encouraged by Secretary Zinke’s Order on “Sue and Settle”

Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and NCBA Federal Lands, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Interior’s Secretarial Order 3368, regarding “sue and settle”:

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Oregon first: Cougar kills hiker

September 13, 2018 --

By Oregon Sportsmen Association

The state’s first confirmed fatal wild cougar attack occurred on Mt. Hood in September this year and has made national headlines and international headlines.  The body of 55-year old Gresham woman, Diana Bober, was discovered near a Mt. Hood hiking trail.  The police autopsy showed signs of death caused by a large animal. There are about 400 reported complaints every year of cougars threatening people or attacking livestock.    This is what hunters predicted when Oregon banned dog and bait cougar hunting.

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An opposing view on Sanctuary Law change

September 12, 2018 --

By Jeff Stone,
OAN Executive Director

As the fall campaign season ramps up during September, voters will be learning more about the candidates running for various leadership positions. U.S. Congress, the Oregon Legislature, county commissioners, city councils — they’ll all be on the ballot.

Oregon also has a long history of citizen initiatives. In the past, voters have had the opportunity to strike down tax policies, or review controversial policy choices the Legislature has made.

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