July 27, 2016 - OSU fixes Fracking study error

By Oregon State University Extension Office NOTE: The original news story published at this site has been removed because the study on which it was based was retracted by the authors after they discovered a calculation error. The authors subsequently republished their study with the error corrected. The story below […]

July 25, 2016 - Ag Dept hosts summer Crop Up Dinners

Oregon Department of Agriculture The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University are teaming up this summer to offer five dinner events in five different communities. What do these dinners all have in common? They will all feature Oregon grown specialty crops. The “Crop Up Dinner Series and Market […]

July 22, 2016 - Cattlemen on Organic rule

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted comments on the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service’s National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices proposed rule. NCBA President Tracy Brunner, said that voluntary agency marketing programs are not the place to codify animal production practices. “Organic programs are marketing […]

July 21, 2016 - What to Know about California’s Cap and Trade’s Proposed Revisions

by Allison Smith Stoel Rives LLP – Renewalable & Law The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released draft amendments to California’s cap and trade regulation, including revisions to the current program in place through 2020, an extension of the program through 2030, and setting the stage for continued emissions reductions […]

July 20, 2016 - How Oregon voted on GMO Bill

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter The House passed the compromise GMO food disclosure bill, that passed the Senate last week. This means that the legislation now goes to the President who is expected to sign it. More details can be found in the first story below. Thank you to […]

July 18, 2016 - School boards should sue Land Board

By John A. Charles Jr. Cascade Policy Institute In his recent guest column, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within the Elliott must be managed as an endowment asset […]

July 15, 2016 - GMO Bill heads to Obama

By National Association of Wheat Growers The House passed the GMO labeling agreement designed by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, by a vote of 306 to 117. The Senate passed the bill last Thursday by a vote of 63 to 30, advancing the agreement […]

July 13, 2016 - Documentary: Firefighters on Climate Change front lines

By Healthy Forest, Healthy Communities This excellent document, from The Story Group, tells the stories of Colorado firefighters confronting the growing trend of larger and more severe wildfires. It is another reminder that we can mitigate the impacts of climate change and catestrophic wildfire through active forest management. Unacceptable Risk […]

July 11, 2016 - Senate hearings on sage grouse

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining held an oversight hearing on the Federal sage grouse plans and their impact to successful ongoing state management of the species. Brenda Richards, Owyhee County Idaho rancher and president of the Public Lands […]

July 8, 2016 - Senate votes on GMO bill

By American Farm Bureau Federation The Senate did the right thing by voting to move toward a full debate on the merits of the GMO labeling bill. The legislation is not perfect, but it does take critical steps to prevent a confusing 50-state patchwork of laws disclosing the presence of […]