March 30, 2016 - Praise for Oregon’s first-in-nation wetland bill

By Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Farm Bureau applauds the 2016 Legislature’s passage of SB 1517B. The bill, proposed by Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association, creates a 10-year pilot program giving Tillamook County and local farmers more say on the development of wetland restoration projects in that […]

March 28, 2016 - OSU’s $3.2M war on potato pest

By Oregon Family Farm Association A leading genomicist, Dee Denver, from Oregon State University’s College of Science, is joining other scientists to find an earth-friendly approach to eliminating the crop-crunching pale cyst nematode and golden cyst nematode. The microscopic parasites burrow into the roots of potato plants, sucking out essential […]

March 25, 2016 - Senate falters on Biotech-label bill

By National Association of Wheat Growers Senate Unable to Pass Biotechnology Labeling Bill This week the Senate took up Chairman Roberts’ bill (S. 2609) along with his substitute (Amendment 3450) that would implement immediate preemption, preventing the Vermont labeling law from going into effect on July 1, 2016 and the […]

March 23, 2016 - Ag Dept. now accepting hemp licenses

By Oregon Department of Agriculture The Oregon Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for licenses to grow and handle industrial hemp for the 2016 growing season. Starting this year, licenses and permits are issued on an annual basis rather than the previous 3-year license and permit. ODA has adopted […]

March 21, 2016 - Bi-partisan wolf passes, Cattlemen cheer

By Oregon Cattlemen Association After a short session that sported many twists and turns, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was glad to hear the Governor chose to sign HB 4040 into law. “OCA thanks Governor Kate Brown for signing this bill,” said Jerome Rosa, executive director for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. […]

March 18, 2016 - Cattlemen sue over BLM & Forest agency plans

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council along with the Idaho Cattle Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation filed an amicus brief regarding the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service’s restrictive land management plans that came as […]

March 15, 2016 - Ag pushes Biotech Labeling Bill

By Oregon Farm Bureau, Please call Senators Wyden and Merkley TODAY asking for their support for S. 2609, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act. The Senate Agriculture Committee on March 1 approved Chairman Pat Roberts’ biotech labeling proposal on a bipartisan vote of 14-6. The compromise legislation will provide strong preemption […]

March 14, 2016 - National push against sage grouse rule

By American Farm Bureau Federation The American Farm Bureau Federation and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation have asked a federal court to stop federal land use management plans aimed at excluding grazing from millions of acres of federal lands to provide habitat for the greater sage grouse. The Public Lands Council, […]

March 9, 2016 - Oregon needs a post-Malhuer refuge conversation

By Oregon Cattlemen Association After months of stress, confusion and heartache, the refuge takeover appears to have ended. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has repeatedly made clear that it does not endorse illegal activity against the government. That being said, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association does believe it is important that a proper […]

March 7, 2016 - Timber & the flat recovery

By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Lackluster product prices, log prices, and housing starts are continuing, despite low unsold home inventories. The recovery has gone flat although fixed rate mortgages seem to get more attractive by the week, for now. Recent trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, […]