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Bill would regulate pot like beer

January 30, 2019 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has proposed regulating marijuana like alcohol.

HB 420, a bill introduced in Congress recently, would take marijuana off the list of federally controlled substances. Since the 1970s, the number 420 has been used in cannabis culture to refer to smoking marijuana around 4:20 p.m. and on April 20 (aka 4/20).

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Walden on wildfire control funding vote

January 28, 2019 --

Congressman Greg Walden
Press Release

“After one of the most deadly fire seasons in American history, Democrats in the U.S. House cut funding for hazardous fuels reduction efforts and then blocked a plan by Republicans to restore it to previously agreed upon levels,” said Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River). “What were they thinking? The $21 million cut means less thinning and fuel removal and more fires and smoke,” said Oregon’s 2nd District Representative.

Walden was the only member of the Oregon delegation to support restoring the funds.

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Western states wrestle with self-governance

January 25, 2019 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation,

The challenge farmers and ranchers in western states have when it comes to public lands has its roots back in the revolutionary war, when states were fighting for self-governance, according to George Wentz Jr., a partner in the Davillier Law Group, who presented at the American Farm Bureau (AFBF)’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

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Oregon scores wine label win

January 23, 2019 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

Federal regulators have cracked down on a Napa Valley winemaker for labeling his product with labels that might mislead buyers into thinking it was made in Oregon.

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Farm Bureau turns 100

January 21, 2019 --

By Stewart Truelsen
American Farm Bureau Federation

It’s a bit ironic that Sears is teetering on verge of liquidation and the American Farm Bureau Federation is still going strong after 100 years. In the early days of the Farm Bureau movement, Julius Rosenwald, president and later chairman of Sears, made financial grants to counties willing to hire an agricultural agent. This helped lead to the growth of county Farm Bureaus.

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Farm Bureau: Shutdown. Trade. Cell-based food

January 18, 2019 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation,

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention today adopted policies to guide the organization’s work during its centennial year on key topics such as farm bill implementation, cell-cultured food products, trade, rural broadband access and rural mental health programs.

“As our organization has done for the last 100 years, grassroots delegates from across the nation came together to express a unified voice on issues vital to the success of our farms, ranches and rural communities,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said. “It was fitting to have President Trump and numerous members of Congress among our attendees as we kicked off our centennial celebration. We continue to face a challenging farm economy and we stand ready to work with Congress and the Trump administration to address the issues important to our farm and ranch families.”

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Bills to curb farm and forest spraying

January 16, 2019 --

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter,

Out of the 1471 [pre-session] bills, we saw several that would raise taxes, amend the property tax structure, address affordable housing issues and more.

On the pesticide front, there are already three bills of concern:

HB 2619 – Bans the sale and use of neonicotinoids in the State of Oregon. While the bill bans the sale, purchase or use in the state, it is limited to pesticide products, so would still allow the use of pretreated seed.

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Environmental groups boycott state wolf talks

January 15, 2019 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

Various Oregon Environmental groups announced this month that they are pulling out of the state talks on wolf management. The groups claim that the process is leaning towards making killing wolves easier.  The groups collectively say that they plan to oppose the plan.

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Shutdown hits farmers differently

January 13, 2019 --

By Christine Souza
California Farm Bureau,

As the partial shutdown of the federal government entered its third week, agencies serving farmers and ranchers reduced services as the new 116th Congress took office.

The stalemate among lawmakers and the administration left agricultural advocates wondering about Washington’s ability to find common ground on critical issues including immigration, trade and infrastructure.

Under the partial shutdown, certain essential services and programs affecting agriculture remained in operation, while other programs went on hiatus.

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Pesticide Study: US foods among world’s safest

January 11, 2019 --

Assortment of fruits and vegetables

U.S. Department of Agriculture Release,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the 2017 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The Summary shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues well below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Each year, USDA and EPA work together to identify foods to be tested on a rotating basis. In 2017, tests were conducted on fresh and processed foods including fruits and vegetables as well as honey, milk and bottled water. AMS partners with cooperating state agencies to collect and analyze pesticide residue levels on selected foods. For over 25 years, USDA has tested a variety of commodities including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, grains, fish, rice, specialty products and water.

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