February 29, 2020 - Oregon Wheat Stands with Oregon Republicans!

Oregon Wheat Growers League Pendleton, OR – The Oregon Wheat Growers League is disappointed in the breakdown of process that led to SB 1530, Cap and Trade, being pushed out of committee without adequate consideration given to the impacts such legislation would have on rural communities. We support our Senate […]

February 28, 2020 - Wyden: Backlog of Hazardous Fuels and Wildfire Prevention

Ron Wyden Press Release, In a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pressed the chief of the U.S. Forest Service for an update on implementation of the “fire borrowing” fix and the agency’s plans to prioritize the 2.5 million acres backlog […]

February 28, 2020 - Wildfire smoke impact on Oregon wine

James Osborne Elizabeth Tomasino Oregon State University Extension Service An increase in the frequency of wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington in recent years has exposed wine grapes in some areas to high levels of smoke. Smoke from wildfires contains a number of different volatile phenol compounds that can be […]

February 28, 2020 - Bill to help Timber farmers disaster recovery

American Farm Bureau Federation A Farm Bureau-backed bill would help timber farmers recover from natural disasters by increasing the amount of financial relief provided by the casualty loss tax deduction. The Forestry Recovery Act of 2019 (H.R. 1444) would allow timber farmers to “continue their businesses, encourage the reforestation of […]

February 26, 2020 - Top 5 ways Ag is treated unfairly

The Top Five Ways Ag Is Treated Unfairly In Oregon By Jeff Reynolds, Oregon has some of the richest, most productive farm and ranch land in North America. Yet, the agriculture sector in Oregon faces significant challenges. In fact, Oregon may represent one of the most challenging environments in the […]

February 25, 2020 - Senate GOP walkout over rejected amendments, blocked public vote on Carbon bill

Oregon State Senate Republican Press Release, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) used partisan politics on the Joint Ways and Means Committee, the most powerful budget committee in the legislature, to move SB 1530out of committee. He rigged the vote by joining the committee in an unprecetented move and cast his […]

February 24, 2020 - Legislative week Ag bills update

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Last week was a challenging week in Salem with several risks for those employed in natural resources, including movement on legislation that would ban chlorpyrifos (HB 4109) and continued uncertainty over cap-and-trade (SB 1530, HB 4167). OFS staff remained in the Capitol late Friday […]

February 21, 2020 - 21 farm groups launch sustainable initiative

By American Farm Bureau, Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. The […]

February 18, 2020 - Rep. Drazan: Stop rushing process over Carbon Tax

State Representative Christine Drazan Release,, House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) released the following statement on Tuesday’s expected introduction of a cap and trade bill in House Rules: “Slowing down the pace allows us to work together to govern, rather than simply substituting closed door negotiations with special interests, for […]

February 17, 2020 - Legislative review of Ag issues

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Last week, the legislature charged closer to a meltdown as the controversial cap-and-trade bill, SB 1530, left its original committee late Thursday. Meanwhile many other committees scrambled to meet yesterday’s deadline to pass bills, even if it meant truncated time frames for public testimony […]