June 30, 2014 - OSU introduces fertizlier-efficiency calculator

By Oregon State University Extension  Office Organic farmers use cover crops and organic fertilizers, compost and other amendments to add nutrients to their soil. But are they getting the best bang for their buck? A new online tool from the Oregon State University Extension Service does the math so that […]

June 27, 2014 - Cattleman fight EPA Anti-Conservation Rule

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association   Pennsylvania Cattleman Urges EPA to Withdraw Anti-Conservation Rule Andy Fabin, cattle producer and farmer from Indiana, Penn., testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, Commerce and Forestry, regarding the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “interpretive […]

June 25, 2014 - Wolf attack in Eastern Oregon

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association ODFW officials confirm the wolf attack in Umatilla County (photos below) UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. — Like many others, Mark Lane is simply trying to grow his business. Lane’s business is cattle ranching in Eastern Oregon. Compared to other ranchers, he may not have the most cattle. […]

June 24, 2014 - What did Supreme Court do to EPA?

This week’s Supreme Court rued on a large EPA rule case.  The Court set limits but also gave allowance.  See news video below. Watch the latest video at From USA Today: The court’s conservative wing ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority by changing the emissions threshold […]

June 23, 2014 - Spring sparks wood product recovery

By Rick Sohn, p.H.D Umpqua Coquille LLC Spring has finally sparked some recovery in wood products. Not a big spark, and none too soon. Mortgage rates are trending down, homebuilding is trending up, and new uses of wood are in the works. Statistics from recent years for recent lumber manufacturing, […]

June 20, 2014 - Movement begins to repeal Death Tax

By American Farm Bureau federation With 218 co-sponsors – more than half of the House of Representatives – on board, legislation to repeal estate taxes is ripe for floor action, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today.

June 18, 2014 - OFS tackles GMO myth

Oregonians for Food and Shelte Myth: GM farmers “drown” crops in “dangerous” glyphosate. FACT: Farmers use eye droppers – Genetic Literacy Project I have to laugh sometimes; it’s all I can do when I run across this sort of misinformation. There are people out there who truly believe that we […]

June 16, 2014 - Will Supreme Court redeem California Raisins?

By James Bovard Author of “Attention Deficit Democracy” The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture taking 47% of a farmer’s harvest does not violate the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause as long as the government aims to drive up crop prices. The May 9 […]

June 13, 2014 - House passess tax extenders — helps Ag

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The U.S. House voted 274 to 144 to pass a handful of tax extenders, including the expiring section 179 expensing provisions for small business. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and Victoria, Texas cattleman, Bob McCan says this is a victory for rural America. “The passage of […]