August 29, 2014 - EPA privacy invasion angers farmers

American Farm Bureau Federation The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday. The EPA surprised the farming and ranching community in early 2013 when it publicly released a […]

August 27, 2014 - Timber united against Wyden comments

By American Forest Resource Council Oregon’s Timber Industry Won’t Be “Isolated” by Sen. Ron Wyden’s Rhetoric Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, responding to recent comments he has made in relation to legislation he has introduced to dramatically alter management of […]

August 25, 2014 - Ag missing from state export growth

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Following a slowdown in that extended from the summer of 2012 through fall 2013, Oregon exports are now growing again. In dollar value, Oregon’s exports in the past 12 months are now just 2.5 percent below their all-time peak reached back […]

August 22, 2014 - Farmers drawn into fish fiasco

National Corn Grower’s Association With only one percent of the population still farming, it can seem politically expedient to propose faux-fixes to odd or unique problems that impact the farming minority.  The Washington Post joined in the fracas with a piece on intersex fish. The story, heavy with aqua-explicit imagery […]

August 20, 2014 - Oregon leads nation in farm direct sales

By Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon farmers cut out the middle man Latest statistics show Oregon among national leaders in farm direct sales & CSAs Whether it is selling at farmers’ markets and roadside stands or marketing through community supported agriculture (CSAs), Oregon producers are more likely than their counterparts […]

August 18, 2014 - OSU: Genome could unlock potential for paper, fuel

By Oregon State University Extension  Office (Photo by Steve Strauss.) Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber In a collaboration spanning five continents, scientists have announced the complete sequencing of one of the world’s most widely planted trees, Eucalyptus grandis. Used for fuel and timber, the species […]

August 15, 2014 - EPA hijacks Water Act to expand its power

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – Proposed Water Rule will Throw 80,000 Missouri Stream Miles Under Regulatory Bus States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of […]

August 13, 2014 - State: No evidence pesticide caused bee death

By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries State officials find no evidence linking dead bees to pesticides A laboratory analysis of dead honeybee samples taken from hives in Clackamas County this summer showed no detection of pesticides, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Officials said that other factors are […]

August 11, 2014 - Recovery arrives…leaves out rural towns

Rick Sohn Umqua Coquille LLC Timber Industry Report July 31, 2014 Lumber is holding, Log Prices are surprisingly strong, and mortgage rates are dropping slowly. Home value increases are healthy and analyzed below. Statistics from recent years for lumber manufacturing, home construction, and housing markets are compared to 2005. Interpretation […]

August 8, 2014 - EPA power grab: Everywhere water flows

American Farm Bureau Federation By Don Parrish The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand the scope of “navigable waters” subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction was drafted, according to the agency, to reduce uncertainty. And that it does. It’s very clear the proposed rule is designed to allow the federal […]