August 7, 2020 - Farmers want a vote on milk policy

By American Farm Bureau Federation, The American Farm Bureau Federation released its final report on priorities for milk pricing reform, calling for more democracy and a more equitable program for dairy farmers. Among AFBF’s priorities is amending the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act to give dairy farmers an opportunity to directly […]

August 5, 2020 - Wyden: Improve Hemp Farm Rules

US Senator Ron Wyden Release, Senators: “Farmers in Oregon and across the country are on the precipice of an agricultural boom that, with the right regulatory framework, stands to boost rural economies in every corner of the country” Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today asked […]

August 3, 2020 - Ag Dept. drafts more product bans

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Unfortunately for Oregon growers, controversy over pesticides isn’t new. For decades, OFS has supported farmers and foresters and worked alongside growers to protect their ability to use pesticides, fertilizers, and biotechnology responsibly. For the last several years, the state legislature has taken up product […]

July 31, 2020 - How the HEALS Act helps farmers

American Farm Bureau Federation, Senate leadership introduced the Health Economic Assistance Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. The HEALS Act is the latest in response to the COVID-19 national emergency and would provide an additional $20 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers and ranchers. The following […]

July 29, 2020 - Walden: Wildfire fix rule adopted by Forest Service

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, Representative Greg Walden released a statement after the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a new rule to update the agency’s special-use regulations to improve the reliability of the electrical grid and reduce the threat of wildfires. This rule builds off of a fix Walden helped secure […]

July 27, 2020 - Shutdown bewilders farmers fall planting plans

By Kevin Hecteman California Farm Bureau, Photo/Kevin Hecteman: Dan Garcia, warehouse manager at Produce Express in Sacramento, looks over boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables awaiting pickup at the wholesaler’s drive-through. Produce Express began selling boxes directly to the public at the onset of the first round of pandemic-related shutdown […]

July 24, 2020 - House passes land grab bill

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Executive Director of Natural Resources and the Public Lands Council (PLC) Executive Director, Kaitlynn Glover, today released the following statement in response to the passage of the Great American Outdoors (GAO) Act by the House of Representatives: “This is […]

July 22, 2020 - Fix Oregon Ag co-ops before they collapse

Matt Cyrus, Oregon Family Farm Association The Oregon Family Farm Association requested two bills be introduced into the 2017 Oregon Legislature that could have saved NORPAC farmers tens of millions of dollars. Unfortunately, Senate Bills 523 and 524 were blocked. Agricultural cooperatives can be invaluable to farmers and ranchers, so […]

July 22, 2020 - Rural Oregon pushes back against tourists

By Natural Resource Note, Messages telling tourists to leave Joseph and “Don’t Come Back” because of fears about carrying coronavirus to citizens crossed the line from protected free speech into criminal behavior by vandalizing public property, said Larry Braden, Joseph city administrator. For weeks people have posted paper signs such […]

July 20, 2020 - August Special Session looms

By Oregonians For Food and Shelter, On the Legislative Front The state’s response to COVID continues to evolve and change on a daily basis. Earlier, the Governor’s office required face coverings to be worn in public when Oregonians are outdoors and unable to maintain a distance of six feet from […]