April 30, 2009 - Big Look Task Force Bill Moves for Floor Vote

Dave Hunnicutt, Oregonians In Action The Oregon House Land Use Committee voted unanimously to send House Bill 2229A to the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives with a do-pass recommendation.  The bill will now be voted on by the House of Representatives, where it should pass easily.  HB 2229A […]

April 29, 2009 - Oregonians for Food and Shelter Capitol Update

Oregonians For Food and Shelter Legislative Update 4/24 SB 637 –  Amendments to this bill are now up to the dash-6 version.   Hopefully this will be the last and the bill can finally move out of committee work session.   It appears that should happen in the Senate Education and General […]

April 27, 2009 - What the Obama administration means for Oregon timber

By Sean Smith, Vice President, Starfire Lumber Co. So far the Obama Administration’s plans for the federal forests of the West are the subject of much speculation and conjecture, but little that is concrete.  The list of political appointees the Administration has posted to the major federal agencies holding sway […]

April 26, 2009 - FDA to Implement Feed Ban Despite Public Objections

Weekend National News Focus: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:  WASHINGTON (Apr. 22, 2008) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized a decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with implementation of a new feed ban on April 27, 2009, despite numerous objections from farmers, ranchers, states, and […]

April 25, 2009 - American Farm Bureau Federation on EPA Finding on Greenhouse Gases

Weekend National News Focus: American Farm Bureau Federation:  WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2009 – “The American Farm Bureau Federation is deeply concerned about the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding on greenhouse gas emissions, released today. The agency’s announcement could lead to harmful consequences with the government overextending its […]

April 24, 2009 - Congressmen Schrader and DeFazio Fight for Oregon Fishers

By Congressman Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-05) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-04) led the Oregon Democratic congressional delegation today in sending a letter to Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, urging him to provide an extension of the 2008 salmon disaster so that the unspent $50 million […]

April 23, 2009 - Timber Industry Report 4/21/09

By Rick Sohn, Housing  starts and permits have fallen back again.   See the 3-year price comparisons for lumber, logs, housing starts, permits, and unsold home inventories below.  A profile of Keller Lumber Company, a Roseburg cedar mill, follows.

April 22, 2009 - Cattlemen Legislative Update 4/22

OCA 2009 Legislation: What’s Happening? By Oregon Cattlemen Association The legislation (HB 3417), to help reduce the cost of doing business for the Department of Agricultures Brand Division and alleviate near future increases for brand inspection, and increased costs to cattle producers, will be heard on April 23.  If there […]

April 21, 2009 - Comments sought for carbaryl, carbofuran or methomyl users

Terry L. Witt,  Executive Director Oregonians for Food & Shelter, We are now at the next juncture in a series of legal steps set in motion by the Washington Toxics Coalition lawsuit against EPA for failing to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) over the potential for pesticides […]