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Visual: How America uses it’s land

November 19, 2018 --

By Oregon State University Extension Service,

Bloomberg News authors Dave Merrill and Lauren Leatherby have pieced together a striking illustration of how America uses its land to create wealth. Focusing on the 48 contiguous states and using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other government agencies, they divided the U.S. into six major types of land: Pasture and range, forest, cropland, special use (national parks, wildlife areas, highways, railroads and military bases), urban, and miscellaneous (cemeteries, golf courses, marshes, deserts and other areas of “low economic value”). The findings are thought provoking.

Some highlights:

– Cropland accounts for about one fifth of land (391.5 million acres) of which over 127 million acres produce livestock feed, and another 38 million acres produce ethanol. The authors estimate that only 77.3 million acres produces food we eat in the U.S.
– More than one third of land (654 million acres) is rangeland or pasture used for grazing. When combined with cropland used to produce livestock feed, the authors calculate that over 40% of land is used in some manner for livestock.
– Unprotected forest and timberland accounts for one quarter of land (538.6 million acres).
– Urban areas account for just 3.6% of land (69.4 million acres).
– National parks account for 29 million acres while defense accounts for 25 million acres. Golf courses account for 2 million acres.

Read the full Bloomberg Newsweek article here

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Pass Farm Bill Before 2018 ends

November 16, 2018 --

National Association of Wheat Growers,

With the closing of the 2018 Midterm Elections, NAWG President and Oklahoma wheat grower Jimmie Musick has issued the following statement:

“While the 2018 midterm elections brought change to the political makeup of Congress, this should not impact the priority of passing the 2018 farm bill by the end of this session of Congress. With the farm bill having expired, growers are left with much uncertainty and are denied access to several beneficial programs within the bill.

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Feds are blind as California burns

November 14, 2018 --

By Wall Street Journal Editorial,

One problem with President Trump’s bullying rhetorical style is that he gives his critics reason to ignore him even when he has a point. Consider his weekend threat to yank federal funds from California amid its horrific wildfires.

Three fires are raging across the state, killing at least 31 people and scorching more than 200,000 acres, including the town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills. “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

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Oregon adopts roadkill rules

November 12, 2018 --

By Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife,

The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted administrative rules for the salvage of roadkilled deer and elk during its meeting in Klamath Falls today. The new rules are due to the passage of SB 372 by the 2017 Oregon State Legislature and take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Highlights of the new rules include:

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Activists Allowed to Expand Attacks on Beef Checkoff

November 8, 2018 --

By National Cattlemen Beef Association,

The announcement that R-CALF will be allowed to expand its activist-funded crusade against state beef councils is a disappointment to countless beef producers and NCBA members across America. The phony allegations being perpetuated by R-CALF and its activist legal partners are without merit and only serve to divide beef producers and distract beef councils from the important work of building demand for our products.

“The simple fact is that regular audits of the beef checkoff and NCBA have found both to be compliant with the laws governing the checkoff. Two audits conducted by USDA’s Office of the Inspector General have also come back clean. R-CALF’s accusations to the contrary are false,” said Kendal Frazier, NCBA Chief Executive Officer. R-CALF has become nothing more than a front group for activists seeking to divide the industry, lessen beef demand and drive producers out of business.”

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Measure 103 and 104 defeated

November 7, 2018 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

There were two taxes on the Oregon ballot that concerned Oregon farmers and ranchers.   One was Measure 103 which would have placed a constitutional ban on taxing groceries in Oregon.   Oregon Measure 103 failed by 57% with 43% support. The other was Measure 104 which would have codified the 60% super-majority vote for all revenue raising taxes.    Oregon Measure 104 failed by 65% with only 35% support among voters.  

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Farmers make the case for voting

November 6, 2018 --

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

It is not a presidential election year, but there are many important races and measures that will be decided this November. The most important race this year is the race for governor, where the Democrat incumbent Kate Brown is facing a strong challenger in Republican Knute Buehler.

Oregon hasn’t had a Republican governor since the early 1980’s which leads many to assume that the Democrat incumbent would easily win in “blue” Oregon. Poll numbers though, have told a different story, and one well respected national political handicapper, the Cook Political Report, recently changed the Oregon governor’s race from “lean democrat” to “toss up.” OFS has endorsed Knute Buehler in the race.

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Walden: Trump signs Klamath basin relief bill

November 5, 2018 --

By Greg Walden,

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) attended a ceremony at the White House  for the signing of a landmark water package that includes drought relief for farmers in the Klamath Basin. Walden secured a key provision in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which President Trump signed into law today, that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to implement needed drought relief measures for the agriculture community in the Klamath Basin. 

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Farm Bureau hails new Opioid law

November 2, 2018 --

American Farm Bureau Federation,

The following statement should be attributed to Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation: “The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased that President Trump today signed into law the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a measure that promises help in the fight against drug addiction.

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