October 30, 2013 - Oregon sues EPA

OREGON, SIX OTHER STATES, SUE EPA OVER WOODSTOVE AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS Oregon Attorney General Wood burning devices estimated to account for 13 percent of U.S. soot pollution Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today the filing of a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the agency has […]

October 29, 2013 - Environmentalists target Legislative shake-up

Environmentalist target Legislative shake-up  By Natural Resource News Note: The Oregonian is reporting that Oregon environmentalists are eying a small power shift in Oregon’s Legislatures due to a possible three openings in the Legislature which could have a big impact on environmental legislation.  Here is the change. – State Senator […]

October 28, 2013 - Paulette Pyle wins state’s top timber award

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter Paulette Pyle honored with Ted Young award Paulette Pyle, Director of Grass Roots for Oregonians for Food and Shelter (OFS), was honored Monday (October 14) with the Ted Young Award at the annual meeting of the Oregon Forest Industries Council (OFIC) in Sunriver. The […]

October 25, 2013 - Water Rights are States Rights

By American Farm Bureau Federation Continued state control of water rights is critically important to farmers and ranchers, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress. “Farm Bureau supports H.R. 3189, the Water Rights Protection Act, because it is designed to dispel uncertainty and recognizes state sovereignty and historic water law,” […]

October 23, 2013 - WA GMO farming ballot measure plunges 40%

Elway Poll Excerpt: Support for Food Labeling Initiative Swings Negative 41 Points Since September.What a difference a month and a few million dollars makes. Initiative 522, which would mandate labeling of genetically modified food, was leading by just 4 points last week after posting a 45-point lead five weeks ago–before […]

October 22, 2013 - Danger signs: Wildires were bigger, hotter

Communities for Healthy ForestsWildfires are burning hotter and bigger than ever before. It’s not a sentiment that’s exactly new, we’ve heard it several times before. But analysis of recent fires across the Western United States is showing scientists that this year’s forest fires raised the stakes yet again. But why […]

October 21, 2013 - Ore. congressman gets seat at Farm Bill table

By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries Rep. Schrader appointed to Farm Bill conference committee Congress apparently has reached an agreement to fund the federal government and raise its self-imposed debt limit, and President Obama has indicated he will sign it. This will lift a 16-day government shutdown as well […]

October 18, 2013 - Progress on 2013 Farm Bill

By American Farm Bureau Federation   Congressional leaders’ moving forward on negotiations to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the 2013 farm bill is a commendable step but much more remains to be done, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Overall, both the Senate and House […]

October 16, 2013 - Timber seeks injunction barring contract suspensions

By American Forest Research Counci Timber Industry Seeks Injunction Barring Federal Government’s Suspension of Timber Contracts Purchasers of federal timber sales and stewardship contracts filed suit yesterday against the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). They are asking the Oregon Federal District Court to enjoin the agencies […]

October 15, 2013 - Farmers: Unsung influencers of American life

By Glen Cope By California Farm Bureau Well-known political figures, artists, actors, entertainers and the like are deemed to be important, according to Time magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People.” One person not on the current list is the American farmer. Now sure, one could say that listing categories […]