November 29, 2013 - Water Resources Bill advances

By American Farm Bureau Federation For more information on Newsline, contact: Johnna Miller, Director of Media Development, American Farm Bureau Federation [email protected] . Miller Farmers and ranchers – along with most of the rest of the population – are hard-pressed to find much to be thankful to Congress for this […]

November 27, 2013 - Ore. Christmas tress flock to Hawaii — pest concerns

By Oregon Department of Agriculture, As the nation’s top producer of Christmas trees, Oregon wants to maintain its reputation for providing a clean and healthy product. With that in mind, officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture will return to Hawaii next month for a second straight year to monitor […]

November 26, 2013 - State medical pot laws face big changes

Natural Resource Note, Oregon is looking to enact policy changes to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Among the items discussed was security, background checks and a $4,000 license fee. The Oregonian reports, The requirements, crafted by state policy makers, police and marijuana advocates, are designed to provide oversight of an […]

November 25, 2013 - ODA to lift dinotefuran rule, replace with label restrictions

  By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries ODA to lift temporary dinotefuran rule, replace with label restrictions The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to lift temporary restrictions on the use of the insecticide dinotefuran, effective Dec. 24. These rules will be replaced with new, Oregon-specific label restrictions. The decision […]

November 22, 2013 - Record crops forecasted

By American Farm Bureau Federation The November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released by the Agriculture Department forecasts a record corn crop. November’s WASDE report projected the 2013 corn crop at 13.989 billion bushels will be a record crop, if realized, and more than a 3.2 billion bushel […]

November 20, 2013 - Farm Bureau: Saving rural Oregon lies with Wyden

By Barry Bushue, President Oregon Farm Bureau As Oregonians, we all face economic challenges that are difficult to surmount. Tragically, when it comes to economic decline, poverty, hunger, and despair in our rural communities, a substantial amount of the harm comes from our own federal government and its lack of […]

November 19, 2013 - Energy Secretary: I’m not taking over BPA

Energy Secretary says he’s not taking over BPA By Natural Resource News Note: Despite hiring scandals at Bonneville Power, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz stated that he is not seeking to take control of the troubled administration despite taking over some of their functions. The Oregonian reports. The […]

November 18, 2013 - State Ag looks at industrial hemp rules

By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries State drafting rules for industrial hemp production Officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture are drafting rules that could allow for the industrial production of hemp by next spring, according to a reportin the Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Ore.). Although industrial hemp comes from […]

November 15, 2013 - Signs that food prices are down

  By American Farm Bureau Federation The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 28th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s average of $49.48. “The cost […]

November 13, 2013 - Eco-sabotage or Eco-terrorism?

Oregonians for Food and Shelter A couple of weeks ago, The Oregonian printed a guest opinion written by two professors at Linfield College entitled Eco-sabotage should not be mistaken for eco-terrorism. In the piece, the authors wrote “She freed wild horses at the BLM corral in Burns while her friends […]