February 21, 2024 - How the State created unaffordable housing crisis

By Lars Larson NW and national radio host Oregon desperately needs new housing. Government created this problem so more government seems unlikely to fix it. Two things made it happen. For more than 50 years, the government artificially and unnecessarily locked up land with Senate Bill 100 and Urban Growth […]

February 19, 2024 - HB 4059 is bad for farmers

Please join us in opposing HB 4059 with the -7 amendment to restrict GE crops! By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, HB 4059 was supposed to implement solutions for coexistence between specialty seed and canola growers based on a workgroup that was initiated by legislation last session. The -7 amendment would […]

February 14, 2024 - OSU grant: Keep potatoes from spoiling

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Oregon State University has received $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study ways to keep organic potatoes from spoiling, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KLCC. The Pacific Northwest has a $2.2 billion potato industry, and nationwide, organic food sales topped $60 billion […]

February 11, 2024 - Legislative Ag update Feb 10

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter,   The Capitol was bustling with activity during the first week of the legislative session. Bills were just introduced on Monday, and all of them will need to be ready for a vote next week. The ones that don’t make it through policy committee […]

February 7, 2024 - Rural Property Owners Are About To Be Subject To New Wildfire Regulations

By Dave Hunnicutt Oregon Property Owners Association In the wake of a series of devastating wildfires across the western United States, several states have made significant changes to their state wildfire programs. After the 2020 Labor Day Fires, Oregon joined suit.  In 2021, the Oregon Legislature adopted SB 762, which […]

February 5, 2024 - Legislative Ag Update Feb 2

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, The 2024 Legislative Session Kicks off this Monday, February 5th. Bills were published earlier this week and OFS has combed through the 300 or so to identify those of greatest concern to our members. We continue to meet with legislators regarding HB 4059 to […]

January 31, 2024 - Helping Oregon’s endangered crab season after fire

By Oregon State Representative Cyrus Javadi, and Oregon State Senator Suzanne Weber, Press Release, Last week, a massive fire destroyed hundreds of crab pots at the Bornstein Foods seafood plant in Ilwaco, Washington, right across the mouth of the Columbia River from Astoria. The loss of property threatens the Northwest […]

January 29, 2024 - Webinars focus on fires, fuels and density management

By Oregon Forest Research Institute, The Oregon State University Extension Service is holding a webinar series, starting this month and continuing through the spring, that will delve into fires, fuels and density management for a variety of forest types and management objectives across central and eastern Oregon. Webinars in the […]

January 22, 2024 - Rewards expand to stop poaching

By Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Salem, Ore – Poachers killed three cow elk in Umatilla County and a bull elk in Lincoln County earlier this month. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest or citation in either case may receive rewards of $1,000 or four hunter preference […]

January 17, 2024 - Lawmakers limit timber harvesting on private land

By Dave Hunnicutt Oregon Property Owners Association On January 1, 2024, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) implemented a series of new regulations that significantly limit the ability of forestland owners to harvest timber on their land.  We’ve been getting quite a few calls on these changes, and if there […]