July 31, 2017 - Oregon Farm Bureau applauds Environmental Protection Agency stance on WOTUS Rule

Oregon Farm Bureau Praises Pruitt’s Rescinding of WOTUS The following may be attributed to Oregon Farm Bureau Federation President Barry Bushue: “Oregon Farm Bureau applauds Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for listening to America’s farmers and ranchers and taking action to rescind the onerous Waters of the U.S. […]

July 28, 2017 - American Farm Bureau: 2018 farm bill critical

Farm Bill is More Important Than Ever Via American Farm Bureau  Reports are coming in about the severe drought that is plaguing farmers in the Dakotas and other parts of the Midwest. I was just in Iowa, where the corn was shriveling up from lack of rain. With crop and […]

July 26, 2017 - DNA may prove dogs might just be man’s best friend

Why are dogs such doting companions? It’s in their genes By Chris Banham Via Oregon State Extension Researchers have identified a genetic difference in domesticated dogs and wolves that could explain the canines’ contrasting social interaction with humans.

July 24, 2017 - Major step toward detecting crown gall disease

OSU research leads to detection method for crown gall disease Oregon State Extension Service By Chris Branam Researchers at Oregon State University have taken a major step toward developing an on-site detection tool for crown gall disease, an incurable malady that affects numerous species of plants, including many of economic […]

July 21, 2017 - Farm Bureau: House passes The Ozone Standards Implementation Act

House Approves Measure Aligning Ozone Standards Via Farm Bureau The House passed a Farm Bureau-supported bill that provides for the reasonable implementation of EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 806) aligns the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards through a phased schedule that […]

July 19, 2017 - Wyden-Merkley Oregon Wildlands Act

  Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Oregon Wildlands and Scenic Rivers, Supporting Rural Economies and Local Recreation Jobs via Senator Ron Wyden Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced their bill to protect some of the state’s most pristine and environmentally significant areas, which are essential for […]

July 14, 2017 - Droughts in the west leave implications for spring wheat

Spring Wheat Markets Respond to Supply Concerns Jaime Luke, Farm Bureau Spring wheat, typically planted in late spring and harvested in late summer and early fall, prefers the mild summer weather of the northern states in which it is primarily grown. However, in recent months parts of the Upper Midwest […]

July 12, 2017 - Oregon’s bountiful summer harvest

Oregon growers display fruits of their labor Via Oregon Department of Agriculture Oregon is a veritable cornucopia, producing a “horn of plenty” filled with high quality tree fruit, berries, and a type of nut not grown anywhere else in the United States. Newly released national statistics show the state is […]

July 10, 2017 - American bullfrogs adapt to environs while still in their eggs

Photo by Lynn Ketchum, OSU In the egg, American bullfrogs learn how to avoid becoming lunch By Chris Branam, Oregon State Extension When exposed to potential predators as an embryo, the invasive American bullfrog becomes harder to kill when it becomes a tadpole, according to a new study by Oregon State […]