November 26, 2014 - Oregon rejects Wyden forest plan

By American Forest Resource Council   Legislation is Unanimously Opposed by Oregon’s Forest Products Industry, Opposed by the O&C Counties, and Lacks Support from Reps. DeFazio, Schrader, and Walden and Governor Kitzhaber Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry have sent a letter to the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the […]

November 24, 2014 - EPA launches voluntary pesticide program

By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program. The agency hopes to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss. Annually, up to […]

November 21, 2014 - Historic best time for Agriculture?

By Cindy National Corn Growers Association Corn prices may be lower but eternal optimist Dr. Lowell Catlett says it’s still the best of times right now for agriculture. “Historically, there’s never been a better time to be in agriculture,” said Catlett this week at the Bayer CropScience 2014 Corn and […]

November 19, 2014 - Theft trend: Farm equipment batteries

California Farm Bureau By Christine Souza Photo/Christine Souza:  Farmer Kenny Watkins of Linden, right, watches as Louis Victoria, a Rural Crimes Division detective with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, marks the battery of a new piece of farm equipment with the farm’s individual owner-applied number. An owner-applied number helps […]

November 17, 2014 - Doppler weather radar tweaked to hunt pests

By US Dept. of Agriculture Corn earworms, also known as cotton bollworms, migrate at night, making them notoriously hard to track. Farmers worried about controlling infestations have to make educated guesses about the pest’s movements, based on reports from other areas and past experience. Guessing wrong can be expensive: The […]

November 14, 2014 - Agriculture’s big “Moneyball” moment

By American Farm Bureau Federation Baseball and modern agriculture share some common ground, in fact, as agriculture’s fast-paced technological advancements are getting the industry in the game of leveraging data. Take, for example, the movie “Moneyball,” the story of the Oakland Athletics (A’s) baseball team and general manager Billy Beane. […]

November 12, 2014 - Skamania Co. declares forest mangement Emergency

Healthy Forest, Healthy Communities Nearly 80 percent of Skamania County, Washington is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, along with three wilderness areas and the Mt. St. Helens National Monument. Environmental lawsuits and regulations meant to protect the forests have instead led to widespread decay. Forest health has declined due […]

November 10, 2014 - Correcting media on forest herbicide

By American Forest Resource Council Investigative reporter for The Oregonian Rob Davis released a 2-part series on forestry herbicide use. Unfortunately, instead of relying on facts to drive the reporting, Mr. Davis seems to have started his investigation with the end result already in mind. The report relies on speculation […]

November 7, 2014 - Lame Duck Congress should pass tax extenders

By National Farmers Union National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said that tax breaks important to family farmers and ranchers need to be extended before the end of the year, and that NFU is looking forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to solve issues […]

November 5, 2014 - DEQ’s Carbon Fuel plan (tax increase?)

Oregonians for Sound Fuel Policy The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is adopting rules to implement the costly new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This “hidden gas tax” will hurt working families and small businesses, and we need your help. The DEQ’s Environmental Quality Commission will hold a public […]