March 31, 2019 - Farmers turn-out for hearings

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, This past Tuesday, the grassroots turned out to fight bills that would have created a new regulatory program for aerial applications at DEQ, ban chlorpyrifos and make neonicotinoids restricted use. Dozens of farmers, applicators, small woodland owners and foresters turned out to oppose these […]

March 29, 2019 - Nebraska floods: Proof we need stronger crop insurance

By National Association of Wheat Growers, As floods pummel through the Midwest, NAWG extends its support and consideration to those farmers and ranchers who are facing the devastating aftermath. As growers work to pull through, NAWG calls for state and federal governments to use all resources available to help those […]

March 27, 2019 - Green New Deal Mythbusting – Defending cows

Robyn Smith Oregon Cattlemen Association On February 7, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a Green New Deal resolution highlighting hopes and dreams for accomplishing net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within a 10-year time frame. A picturesque conception of creating millions of high-wage jobs, investing in […]

March 25, 2019 - Business and Union voice on Carbon Tax problems

Bill Kerr, United Steelworkers, Local Union 1097. President, Chris McCabe, NW Pulp and Paper Association. Director The pulp and paper industry is a major driver of Oregon’s economy – particularly in the rural communities where mills provide more than 4,000 jobs and in excess of $1.5 billion in local economic […]

March 22, 2019 - Hog farm case bad for farmers

By American Farm Bureau Federation, A judgment stemming from a $50 million verdict must be overturned, farm groups told a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia. Earlier last year, juries in three separate trials in Raleigh, North Carolina, awarded punitive damages of more than $500 million to neighbors of North […]

March 20, 2019 - Alpenrose family feud puts hundreds of farmers at risk

By Oregon Family Farm Association, A family dispute that has landed in the courts threatens to close the Alpenrose Dairy, creating angst among fans who have flocked for decades to the century-old family-friendly landmark in southwest Portland.   Closing Alpenrose would have an earthquake impact on Oregon farmers as the dairy […]

March 18, 2019 - Ag update: Bills impacting Farming, forestry

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, To date, over 2600 bills have been introduced. The pace at the Capitol is picking up as Committees try to work bills before the April 9th Work Session Deadline. Tuesday of last week, the House Energy & Environment Committee held a hearing on HB […]

March 15, 2019 - Gray Wolf rebound = Conservation Success Story

By National Cattlemen Beef Association, Livestock Producers Praise Recovery of Gray Wolf as “Conservation Success Story” Jennifer Houston, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Bob Skinner, president of the Public Lands Council, released a joint statement in response to the Department of Interior’s announcement that it will publish […]

March 13, 2019 - Trump signs Walden’s wildfire bill

Congressman Greg Walden, President Trump signed into law legislation introduced by Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) to protect a central Oregon community from wildfire. Walden’s Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act (H.R. 524) will allow for needed management of the fire fuels that surround Crooked River Ranch in Jefferson and […]

March 11, 2019 - HB 2656 locks up a million acres

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Probably the most threatening bill to Oregon’s managed forests, HB 2656 will have a hearing in House Energy & Environment Committee on Tuesday, March 12th at 1:00 PM. HB 2656 bans harvest, road building, and the use of pesticides and fertilizers in forestland that […]