December 31, 2013 - Board moves on sale of Elliot State Forest tracts

By Economist Dr. Eric Fruits, Econinternational The Oregon State Land Board on Tuesday agreed to move forward with the sale of scattered tracts of the Elliott State Forest, reports OPB. Gov. John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler—who make up the State Land Board—unanimously backed the […]

December 31, 2013 - Oregon farm income is dropping

By Oregon Department of Agriculture Last year fails to match 2011’s impressive bottom line despite good prices & production Oregon farmers and ranchers fell short last year of 2011’s near record net farm income, but many sectors of the state’s agricultural economy did well in 2012. Despite a 5.2 percent […]

December 30, 2013 - Cattlemen at odds with EPA on coastal pollution plan

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association OCA statement on EPA/NOAA disapproval of Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) disagrees with the current findings of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in “the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Intent To Find That […]

December 27, 2013 - Deal struck between farmers & military

By National Farmers Union National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy’s joint “Farm-to-Fleet” venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational […]

December 23, 2013 - Lumber, log prices up. Home recovery expected to rise for next 3 years

Timber Industry Report By Rick Sohn PhD. Umpqua Coquille LLC Mills are competing for logs and prices are rising. This month is good for homebuyers, including a slight drop in Median Home values and a big drop in interest rates. Seven-year trend of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are […]

December 20, 2013 - “Environment” missing from EPA

By Cindy I am rapidly getting in the holiday spirit but before I get to relaxed and magnanimous I have to send one final love letter to my friends in the petroleum industry. So with thoughts of sugar plums dancing in my head here goes: In doing my regular reading […]

December 18, 2013 - Refuting Misleading Info on O&C Lands Bills

Tom Partin By American Forest Research Council I recently received a copy of this press release and “white paper” from Senator Ron Wyden’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff (below). Many of you may have received the information as well. I felt compelled to contact you in response to this […]

December 16, 2013 - Can Environmentalists Think? — the sequel

Can Environmentalists Think? By: Jim Petersen, Founder and Executive Director, The Evergreen Foundation Last July 9, Wall Street Journal columnist, Bret Stephens, posed the question headlined above: Can environmentalists think? His column concerned environmentalist reaction to a July 6 train derailment and fire at Lac-Megantic, Quebec, about 20 miles north […]

December 13, 2013 - Beef rule could start trade war

Scott George President National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Right before Thanksgiving, while Congress was on break, federal meat labeling regulations took effect that could result in Americans paying higher prices on everything from beef and pork to apples and maple syrup. While legislators, as part of the continuing farm bill negotiations, […]

December 10, 2013 - Ore. Court Limits Agri-tourism at Farm Stands

Davis Dwight & Tremaine LLP Oregon business law firm By Michael Gelardi A land use decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals could impact farm marketing activities across the state, imposing new permitting requirements and forcing changes to business operations.The case, Greenfield v. Multnomah County, concerns limits on farm-to-table dinners, […]