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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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