March 31, 2013 - USDA corn forecast among biggest in history

By American Farm Bureau Federation A crop report issued today by the Agriculture Department indicates that America’s farmers are preparing to plant 97.3 million acres of corn, one of the largest crops in history, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The forecast is on target with what grain industry […]

March 30, 2013 - Ethanol groups calls for investigation of oil industry

RFA Requests Multi-Agency Investigation into Oil Industry’s Discriminatory and Unlawful Conduct Renewable Fuels Association In a letter sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) requested a multi-agency investigation into […]

March 29, 2013 - House considers Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The Public Lands Council (PLC), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association (ACGA) expressed strong support for the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 (H.R. 1345), reintroduced with bipartisan support by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.). This bill, familiar from the last session of […]

March 28, 2013 - Oregon’s wave energy setback

Oregon’s wave energy faces setback By Natural Resource News Note: From Coos Bay World, “A much vaunted wave energy park off the South Coast may not be finished this year in part because of financial issues.  In its third quarter financial results, Ocean Power Technologies said “regulator, business and financial […]

March 27, 2013 - Illegal pot growers a threat to farmers

  Christine Souza By California Farm Bureau Illegal marijuana grows cause significant environmental degradation in California, a Department of Fish and Wildlife official says. (Photo courtesy of Lt. John Nores Jr.) For years, farmers and ranchers living in the “Emerald Triangle” of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties have dealt with […]

March 26, 2013 - Tuesday holds 3 anti-GE farming bills

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter Several important bills are up for a hearing Tuesday March 26 at 8:00am at the Capitol If you grow, or ever plan on growing, genetically engineered (GE) crops, tuesday’s hearing on three anti-biotechnology bills is extremely important. HB 2319 – Declares that the planting, […]

March 25, 2013 - Lawsuit Filed to Overturn Latest Spotted Owl Critical Habitat

Oregon Timber Industry Comments on Senate County Payments Hearing and Outlines Real Solutions By American Forest Research Counci The American Forest Resource Council joined the Carpenters Industrial Council, Siskiyou County, California, and a group of forest products manufacturers and private forest landowners in a lawsuit to overturn the latest Northern […]

March 24, 2013 - Farmers face payment cuts this Fall

Farmers to Receive a Reduction in Direct Payments This Fall By National Association of Wheat Growers Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, alerted the hill on Wednesday that the Department will reduce payments received earlier this year due to sequestration. The reductions are primarily in three programs: Milk Income Loss Contract […]

March 23, 2013 - Congress funds Ag with cuts

Congress Keeps the Government Open Newsline with Johnna Miller, Director of Media Development, American Farm Bureau Federation Hooray! Congress averted a fiscal crisis with time to spare! American Farm Bureau budget specialist RJ Karney explains what the “continuing resolution” means for U.S. agriculture in this report from AFBF’s Johnna Miller.

March 22, 2013 - Opposition to horse slaughter ban

National Farmers Union National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE), which would prohibit horse slaughter operations in the U.S. as well as prohibiting transport of the animals across the U.S. border for slaughter […]