June 29, 2015 - Why is Oregon updating their water quality standards for copper?

Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate Why is Oregon updating their water quality standards for copper? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) recently announced the initiation of a rulemaking to revise its freshwater aquatic life criteria for copper. This rule ( is significant because aquatic life criteria: – […]

June 26, 2015 - Ag hails Trade win

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The Senate took the final vote needed to send Trade Promotion Authority to the President for his signature. Passing by a vote of 60-38, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis hails the final passage. “NCBA appreciates the support of the Senate on final passage of […]

June 24, 2015 - Farmers alerted over SB 920 bill

By Oregon Farm Bureau As we move into the final weeks of session, activists are making a final push to pass SB 920 out of the Senate Rules Committee. Anti-farm groups are spreading misinformation and fear about the use of antibiotics by family farmers and ranchers in Oregon. They are […]

June 22, 2015 - Oregon makes top 10 Ag rank

By Oregon Department of Agriculture Remember when your mom told you to eat your vegetables? Well, if they were grown in Oregon, chances are she was doing you a favor. Oregon is well known for high quality vegetable crops, but new statistics show that the state’s growers also produce variety […]

June 19, 2015 - Drones are the future of Ag

By American Farm Bureau Federation Drones: The Next Step in Precision Ag and Improved Sustainability By Robert Giblin Once a science fiction dream and then used extensively for military surveillance and warfare, small Unmanned Aerial Systems – commonly known as drones – are moving rapidly into daily business and consumer […]

June 17, 2015 - Oregon’s drought risk to the economy

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog As the drought continues to worsen and spread, its impact — both potential and real — on the economy is a risk to the outlook, particularly at the local level. Our office included the following slide in our presentation to the […]

June 15, 2015 - Ranchers need trade — TPP & TPA

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association TPP and TPA have caused quite a stir lately. Don’t mistake their impact by the size of their abbreviations. Each set of three letters represents huge possibilities for Oregon ranchers and agriculture. TPP stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership and TPA stands for Trade Promotion Authority. Will Wise, […]

June 12, 2015 - Farmers denied free speech

By Cindy National Corn Growers Association American corn farmers do not often see how their lives might be impacted by high profile, First Amendment debates in the media. While we each value our Constitutional rights and deeply cherish liberty, our messages about growing food and stewarding the land generally do […]

June 12, 2015 - Walden: Help ag with trade deal

Congressman Greg Walden, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) issued the following statement about a coming vote on a bill to boost Oregon exports: “Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and small businesses make some of the best products in the world. And our products are in demand around the globe, creating good […]

June 10, 2015 - Ag alert for pension bill

By Oregon Farm Bureau HB 2960 passed out the Joint Ways & Means Committee; it is headed to the House floor for a vote. HB 2960 would require all employers who do not offer a retirement plan to enroll all employees in a state-run retirement plan; employees could then choose […]