April 30, 2013 - Seed preemption vote today

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter Senate Bill 633 is OFS’s top priority legislative bill which deals with seed preemption. SB 633-A is scheduled to be voted on by the full Senate on Tuesday, April 30th.   Please contact your State Senator and ask him/her to vote YES on SB 633. If you do not know […]

April 29, 2013 - Record year for Chinook salmon run

Reports are out that this year may see great returns for Oregon fish. KATU-TV News reports: Fisheries officials are projecting the largest fall chinook salmon run since 2004 as part of the salmon seasons set for the Columbia River. The summer run of chinook is projected to be about 73,000, […]

April 27, 2013 - Congress: Livestock Disaster Protection Act

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Livestock Disaster Protection Act Introduced in the House of Representatives The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) supports the efforts of Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) in introducing legislation that would provide a safety net for livestock owners across the nation. Under the Livestock Disaster Protection Act – […]

April 26, 2013 - EPA tries to repair ties to farmers

By Cindy National Corn Growers Association For many farmers and ranchers, the federal agency that best exemplifies the cynical phrase “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” is the Environmental Protection Agency. During a Senate confirmation committee hearing last week, President Obama’s nominee for EPA Administrator admitted […]

April 25, 2013 - Senate approves driver’s card bill

By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries As expected by most observers, the Oregon Senate today approved Senate Bill 833, the driver’s card bill. The legislation will allow undocumented residents and others without proof of legal residency to obtain driver privileges in the form of a four-year driver’s card, provided […]

April 24, 2013 - Capitol update: GE farming, water rights, taxes

By Oregon Farm Bureau Half Way Point At Legislature Brings Questionable Referrals There is a point in a legislative session in which each chamber can no longer move bills out of their respective committees. For example, bills originating in the House can no longer be voted out of a House […]

April 23, 2013 - Program working against Oregon wolves

By Oregon Department of Agriculture Year one of a block grant program for Oregon counties impacted by wolf depredation has gone relatively smoothly, but less funds are available for round two even as the state’s known population of wolves continues to grow. Nonetheless, most everyone agrees that the money spent […]

April 22, 2013 - Rough & Ready Lumber closes doors – 82 jobs lost

Rough & Ready Mill Closure Highlights Need for New Direction on Federal Forest Policy By Health Forests, Healthy Communities Rough & Ready Lumber yesterday announced the closure of its Cave Junction lumber mill after 90 years in business. The closure eliminates 85 family-wage jobs at the last sawmill in rural […]

April 20, 2013 - Food fraud up 60% with bad economy

Check out this video from CNN Money which showcases how some producers are cutting corners by using alternative chemicals in their product that sometimes are dangerous. Watch the video below.

April 19, 2013 - Obama plans fee increase for public land grazing

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association According to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes an increase in the public lands grazing fee assessment that would put many family ranches out of business. Dustin Van Liew, PLC executive director and NCBA […]