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Final Farm Bill details emerge

November 30, 2018 --

By National Farm Bureau Federation,

The following statement regarding the House and Senate Ag Leaders’ announced “agreement in principle” on the 2018 Farm Bill conference report may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

“The 2018 farm bill emerging from the conference committee is good news for farmers amid a prolonged downturn in the agricultural economy. Chairmen Roberts and Conaway and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson made the bill a priority for this Congress, and all Americans—farmers and consumers—are better off for it.

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Inside hunt details on the cougar that killed woman

November 28, 2018 --

By Oregon Sportsmen Association,

The Oregonian obtained emails, documents, and photographs detailing state wildlife officials’ successful hunt for a cougar that killed a 55-year-old hiker on Mount Hood Sept. 10.

Diana Bober of Gresham, whose love for the outdoors and the creatures living there has been portrayed in countless news stories, tried to fight off the cougar that killed her with a small pair of shears. Hers was the first known death from a cougar attack in Oregon history.

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Feds OK plan to kill sea lions

November 26, 2018 --

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has approved the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s application to lethally remove the few California sea lions present at Willamette falls in an effort to help save winter steelhead and spring Chinook from extinction.

Sea lions are protected under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). On Oct. 6, 2017, ODFW applied for authorization to remove California sea lions at Willamette Falls under a provision of the MMPA that allows for limited lethal take of sea lions that are having a negative impact on protected fish species.

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Ranchers applaud Fake Meat Lab rule

November 23, 2018 --

By National Cattlemen Beef Association

Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the announced plan regarding how USDA and FDA would regulate lab-produced fake meat:

“This announcement that USDA would have primary jurisdiction over the most important facets of lab-produced fake meat is a step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to do on this issue to ensure that real beef producers and consumers are protected and treated fairly. We look forward to continuing our work with the Administration and Congress as this moves forward, and we continue to encourage producers to file official comments with USDA and FDA between now and December 26th.”

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Thank a farmer, your dinner costs are going down

November 21, 2018 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation,

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12.

“Since 2015, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily and is now at the lowest level since 2010,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.

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Wolf de-listing passes House


By Oregon Family Farm Association,

Farmers and ranchers in the United States heralded as a victory passage of a bill by the Republican-controlled House Friday that drops legal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states.

“For years, ranchers across my district have watched as wolf populations grew, harassing and killing their livestock,” said Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden. “This threatens their livelihoods. You lose a heifer and you haven’t just lost one cow — you’ve lost 10 years’ worth of calves you won’t be able to sell.”

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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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