January 30, 2019 - Bill would regulate pot like beer

By Oregon Family Farm Association, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has proposed regulating marijuana like alcohol. HB 420, a bill introduced in Congress recently, would take marijuana off the list of federally controlled substances. Since the 1970s, the number 420 has been […]

January 28, 2019 - Walden on wildfire control funding vote

Congressman Greg Walden Press Release “After one of the most deadly fire seasons in American history, Democrats in the U.S. House cut funding for hazardous fuels reduction efforts and then blocked a plan by Republicans to restore it to previously agreed upon levels,” said Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River). “What […]

January 25, 2019 - Western states wrestle with self-governance

By American Farm Bureau Federation, The challenge farmers and ranchers in western states have when it comes to public lands has its roots back in the revolutionary war, when states were fighting for self-governance, according to George Wentz Jr., a partner in the Davillier Law Group, who presented at the […]

January 23, 2019 - Oregon scores wine label win

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Federal regulators have cracked down on a Napa Valley winemaker for labeling his product with labels that might mislead buyers into thinking it was made in Oregon.

January 21, 2019 - Farm Bureau turns 100

By Stewart Truelsen American Farm Bureau Federation It’s a bit ironic that Sears is teetering on verge of liquidation and the American Farm Bureau Federation is still going strong after 100 years. In the early days of the Farm Bureau movement, Julius Rosenwald, president and later chairman of Sears, made […]

January 18, 2019 - Farm Bureau: Shutdown. Trade. Cell-based food

By American Farm Bureau Federation, Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention today adopted policies to guide the organization’s work during its centennial year on key topics such as farm bill implementation, cell-cultured food products, trade, rural broadband access and rural mental health programs. […]

January 16, 2019 - Bills to curb farm and forest spraying

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Out of the 1471 [pre-session] bills, we saw several that would raise taxes, amend the property tax structure, address affordable housing issues and more. On the pesticide front, there are already three bills of concern: HB 2619 – Bans the sale and use of […]

January 15, 2019 - Environmental groups boycott state wolf talks

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Various Oregon Environmental groups announced this month that they are pulling out of the state talks on wolf management. The groups claim that the process is leaning towards making killing wolves easier.  The groups collectively say that they plan to oppose the plan.

January 13, 2019 - Shutdown hits farmers differently

By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau, As the partial shutdown of the federal government entered its third week, agencies serving farmers and ranchers reduced services as the new 116th Congress took office. The stalemate among lawmakers and the administration left agricultural advocates wondering about Washington’s ability to find common ground […]

January 11, 2019 - Pesticide Study: US foods among world’s safest

U.S. Department of Agriculture Release, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the 2017 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The Summary shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues well below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each year, USDA and EPA […]