March 31, 2010 - Renewable Energy Costs You, Whether You Like It or Not

by Todd Wynn Cascade Policy Institute Portland General Electric (PGE) customers may have noticed something new on their bills recently. Last month, a “renewable resource adjustment” was added to electricity bills to pay for additional renewable resources like wind power. Even if you are not enrolled in the Green Power […]

March 31, 2010 - Rural Business Opportunity Grants Available

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Yesterday’s Federal Register announced the availability of grants to fund projects designed to help rural communities create wealth, repopulate and become self-sustaining.  Projects can receive up to $250,000 across a period of up to two years. These Regional Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG)  give preference to  “Great […]

March 30, 2010 - Forecast shows low water levels

Warm and dry winter leads to water concerns in Oregon By Oregon Department of Agriculture, In typical El Niño fashion, winter in the Pacific Northwest has been generally warm and dry, as predicted. Spring officially arrived this past weekend but may not carry with it as much precipitation as needed […]

March 29, 2010 - New D.C. animal group poses danger for ranchers

By Mike Mehren Oregon Feed and Grain Association This little beauty will be quite a bit different than any of my columns. This is about an organization calling itself ‘Global Animal Partnership’. The organization is headquartered in Wa D.C. Members of the Board include Wayne Pacelle of the H.S.U.S. and […]

March 28, 2010 - National Water Census will assess nation’s resources

American Farm Bureau Federation, As Americans start to fill out the U.S. Census forms they have received in recent days, one government agency is working on another kind of census: a National Water Census to get a handle on the water resources that are available for various uses—irrigation, livestock, public […]

March 27, 2010 - Mount St. Helens Reawakens: The 30th Anniversary

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Vancouver, Wash.—A magnitude 4.2 earthquake 30 years ago Saturday (3/20) marked the reawakening of Mount St. Helens after 123 years of inactivity and set the stage for the most destructive eruption in U.S. history. The catastrophic eruption of May 18, 1980, claimed […]

March 26, 2010 - Opposition grows to Farm Budget Cuts

By National Association of Wheat Growers As the budget process tilts into full gear amid ongoing debates about health care and tax extenders, agriculture supporters are making known their opposition to cuts proposed in the Obama Administration’s budget and the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) renegotiation. NAWG joined this week a […]

March 25, 2010 - Bend solar company bought

By Natural Resource News Note: A rising star solar company in Bend, named Powered, was purchased for $90 million by Advanced Energy. Below is the press release from Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. Fort Collins, Colo., March 24, 2010 – Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq GM: AEIS) today announced it has […]

March 24, 2010 - Newly discovered Willamette sturgeon spawning area to be studied

Researchers to study newly discovered sturgeon spawning area in Willamette River By Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Researchers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently began surveying the Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls to learn more about a previously unknown white sturgeon spawning […]