June 29, 2016 - Coalition backs wildfire fix

Wildlife Groups Support Senate Action on Fire Borrowing, Forest Management Reforms By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, The American Wildlife Conservation Partners, a coalition of over 30 hunting and outdoors organizations, recently sent a letter to key leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In light of the committee’s […]

June 27, 2016 - Billboard: Who’s your farmer?

By Oregon Farm Bureau, If you’re driving around Portland this summer, you may encounter one of these colorful billboards by Multnomah County Farm Bureau asking an important question: Who’s your farmer? Many people don’t realize that 98 percent of Oregon farms and ranches are family owned and operated. Farm Bureau’s […]

June 25, 2016 - Timber groups build Habitat Home

By American Forest Research Council, Local Forest Products Industry Builds Habitat Home in Springfield for Navarrete Bravo Family The Navarrete Bravo family will be joined by Springfield Mayor Lundberg, partners from the forest products industry, and Habitat supporters in celebrating the groundbreaking of the family’s Habitat home on Saturday, June […]

June 24, 2016 - Ranchers send message to Congress

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Brunner, a fourth generation rancher and cattle feeder from the Flint Hills area of Kansas, stressed to the subcommittee that over-regulation poses the greatest threat to the profitability […]

June 22, 2016 - Possible Anti-Forestry Ballot Initiatives:

by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers Possible Anti-Forestry Ballot Initiatives: November’s general election might include three state-wide anti-forestry ballot initiatives—only if each petition clears two very tough hurdles by late July to qualify for the ballot. Although the petitions received the requisite sponsorship signatures, each must secure […]

June 20, 2016 - Overtime threshold doubled

Oregon Association of Nurseries The White House announced  that it will essentially double the threshold at which salaried employees performing certain executive, professional or administrative duties are exempt from overtime pay. The current threshold is $23,660 and will roughly double to $47,476. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez told reporters the exemption […]

June 17, 2016 - Farmers testify to bring down trade barriers

By American Farm Bureau Federation Kevin Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and board member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, described a litany of trade barriers faced by farmers and ranchers in a hearing of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. In response, Paap asked Congress to […]

June 15, 2016 - Countering extremism on Public Lands

By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s ranking member, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., is holding a forum on the “growing anti-government extremism on public lands.” Grijalva says the forum will discuss the emergence of this movement and the government’s efforts to confront these dangers, and […]

June 14, 2016 - Land-use & Property Rights Forum June 15th

Natural Resource Report, Oregonians In Action Education Center is hosting their annual Land-Use Forum in Eugene on Wednesday June 15th.  They will be discussing important landowner topics such as Oregon Board of Forestry’s New Streamside setbacks, Alert on new Floodplain Rules on Oregon Land-Use Laws, Rural/Urban Development in Oregon, Marijuana […]

June 13, 2016 - Ag testifies against Owyee monument

By Oregon Farm Bureau, One thing all parties could agree on at a May 23 hearing about the Owyhee Canyonlands is that it is spectacularly beautiful. But who’s to thank for that? “Today we’ve heard the words ‘iconic’ and ‘awesome’ to describe the Owyhee Canyonlands,” said Oregon Farm Bureau President […]