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Senator debuts four wildfire fix bills

February 27, 2019 --

By Oregon Family Farm Association

An Oregon state senator introduced four bills in the state Legislature to help people fighting fires on farmland after a wildfire in July burned 80,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco counties.

Sen. Bill Hansell, a Republican from Athena in the 29th District, credited local farmers with preventing the Substation Fire—at one point the largest blaze in the nation—from morphing into the devastation experienced Paradise, California. He said firefighters at a debriefing praised the assistance offered by local farmers, according to an article by the EO Media Group.

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NW Salmon in decline

February 25, 2019 --

Washington Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office,

OLYMPIA–Despite two decades of efforts to recover them, wild salmon are still declining—and a report released  by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office stresses that adequate funding is needed to turn the tide on the iconic species’ future.

In the past 10 years, regional recovery organizations received only a fraction—16 percent—of the $4.7 billion documented funding needed for critical salmon recovery projects, the report sites.

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Farmers respond to new EPA water rule

February 22, 2019 --

American Farm Bureau Federation,

Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation: “The release of a new draft Clean Water Rule is a major step toward fair and understandable water regulation on America’s farms and ranches and other working lands. The previous rule would have treated much of the landscape as though it were water itself. That wasn’t just confusing, but also illegal, which is why so many federal courts blocked its implementation.

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Signs of trade war impact on Oregon

February 20, 2019 --

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation

An escalating trade war between the United States and China, along with tit-for-tat tariffs on imported goods, may curtail business in West Coast ports, reducing labor hours and creating a ripple effect throughout the Pacific Northwest economy.

The latest volley in the trade war brings the battle to the Pacific Northwest home front, especially its ports.

Astoria Forest Products loaded a bulk carrier with 5.5 million board feet of timber headed for China, but The Daily Astorian reported that it may be the last such ship leaving the Port of Astoria after China imposed a 10 percent tariff on log imports. Uncertainty over increasing tariffs has put log ship contracts for next year on hold, according to Chad Niedermeyer, yard manager for Astoria Forest Products. China imposes 5 percent tariffs on Douglas fir and hemlock and 10 percent on spruce and grand fir, but those numbers are likely to increase to 25 percent as the trade war escalates.

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Bill bans hunting contests

February 18, 2019 --

By Oregon Sportsmen Association,

People who organize or participate in fishing derbies or hunting competitions could be fined $6,250 and face up to 364 days in jail if a bill introduced in the Oregon State Senate passes.

The extreme bill, backed by the Humane Society of the United States, would end all hunting and fishing tournaments and criminalize participation in any event that involves killing wildlife for prizes or entertainment.

Hunters, anglers, and other Oregon sportsmen who care about maintaining hunting rights are urged to contact their legislators and ask them to vote no on SB 723.  The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends hunting, fishing, and trapping pursuits that raise the money to pay for America’s wildlife conservation programs.

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Ranchers ask 6 BIG questions on Green New Deal

February 15, 2019 --

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Center for Public Policy today released new Cost/Benefit Principles that will help guide its decision-making process on various policy proposals regarding climate change.

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Feds restore Hammond’s grazing permits

February 13, 2019 --

Photo: Dwight Hammond after his Presidential pardon.
By Oregon Family Farm Association,

A Burns, Ore., rancher convicted of unlawful field-burning that burned federal land was pardoned by President Trump in July and now has received a 10-year renewal of their grazing permit.

In one of his last moves before stepping down from office, former Interior Secretary Ryan K. Zinke ordered renewal of the grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc. through 2024. That’s a decade after the federal Bureau of Land Management refused to renew the permit because of their past criminal convictions.

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Oregon ammo ban would be nation’s strictest

February 11, 2019 --

By Oregon Sportsmen Association,

Gun owners in Oregon will see their rights eroded significantly under a proposed Senate bill that would outlaw weapons capable of firing more than five rounds and limit the purchase of ammunition to no more than 20 rounds a month.

The bill was proposed by Sen. Rob Wagner of Tualatin, who was backed in his campaign by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, and Rep. Andrea Salinas of Lake Oswego. The law would impose the nation’s harshest restrictions on gun owners. The law is so restrictive that it would ban the use of most rifles and semi-automatic pistols in use today. Limiting the amount of ammunition sold would handicap gun owners’ ability to train and practice. State Representative Bill Post’s office commented “It also hurts game hunters as in some cases, the bag limit is more than 20 rounds. Duck Hunters should be very wary of the bill”. Post further stated, “[Y]our old six shot revolver would be required to be turned in or destroyed.”

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4 things Cattlemen want from Congress

February 8, 2019 --

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)  released its official Policy Priorities for 2019. The release came as approximately 10,000 members of the cattle industry joined together for its annual convention and NCBA Trade Show, which is being held this week in New Orleans.

This year’s Policy Priorities include a mix of familiar and new issues for the industry, and while the group will engage on a wide variety of policy issues (click here to read NCBA’s full policy book) the organization in 2019 will focus on four main issue areas:

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Oregon Carbon Bill: A dozen unanswered questions

February 6, 2019 --

Partnership for Oregon Communities,

Partnership for Oregon Communities released the following statement upon release of cap and trade legislation by the Joint Carbon Reduction Committee.

“The bill released is the start of what we hope will be a robust conversation about the costs and benefits of a cap and trade program in Oregon. At this point, there are dozens of unanswered questions about how this bill will impact employers, consumers and whether the program would be an effective tool in accomplishing our shared goal of continuing to improve Oregon’s environment.

Lawmakers’ next step should be to give every Oregonian a fair and equal opportunity to share their thoughts and shape this policy moving forward, and to hear from the industries that will be most impacted by this program. Cap and trade is perhaps one of the most complex pieces of legislation the Oregon Legislature has ever considered. Inevitably there will be significant costs to all Oregonians, and this policy deserves a full and thorough vetting before it advances any further.”

— The legislation does not have an official bill number. You can see the Legislative draft bill version entitled LC 894 here that was released last week at the Oregon Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction hearing on February 1, 2019.

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