July 15, 2019 - States tackle fake farm food labels

By Wall Street Journal, Pop quiz: Is “veggie bacon” made out of pork? If this seems like a dumb question, take a gander at a new Louisiana statute targeting such labels as deceptive. Signed in June by Governor John Bel Edwards, the law prohibits “selling a food product under the […]

July 10, 2019 - Oregon fixes wine tax

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Out-of-state wineries will have to pay the same $25 per ton tax that growers inside the state pay under a bill approved by the Oregon Senate 28-0. Under Senate Bill 112, wineries that source grapes from Oregon would pay $25 a ton, a cost often […]

July 8, 2019 - US needs to approve USMCA now

By Congressman Kevin McCarthy California Farm Bureau, California is the fifth largest producer of agriculture in the world, and I’m proud to say that much of this production comes from my own backyard in Kern County, Tulare County, and the Central Valley. In order for the Golden State to remain […]

July 5, 2019 - Mexico approves USMCA trade pact!

By American Farm Bureau Federation, The Mexican Senate this week approved the U.S.–Mexico–Canada agreement, making Mexico the first country to ratify the pact. Canada has started the ratification process through its Parliament and, as required, Trump administration trade officials have sent to Congress a draft statement regarding the implementation of […]

July 3, 2019 - Farm Bureau: Capitol Update

Oregon Farm Bureau, The version HB 2007-B was the result of a bipartisan effort that recognized the unique needs of Oregon’s farmers and ranchers, families who often own a lot of diesel-fueled equipment. The new law provides exemptions for “farm-plated” trucks, log trucks, low-mileage-use equipment, and small fleets. This is […]

July 1, 2019 - Rural Oregon spoke: Carbon Tax dead

HB 2020, the Carbon Tax climate bill died in the Senate. (Photo: Oregonian highlighting rural protest) By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation Oregon Tax News It is official that the highly provocative and costly Carbon tax climate bill HB 2020 died as the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session drew to a […]

June 28, 2019 - Ranchers on “Frivolous Reporting Requirements”

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Jennifer Houston, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, released the following statement in response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s finalization of a rule exempting livestock producers from unnecessary reporting requirements under EPCRA: “Farmers, ranchers, and emergency response officials all agree: routine […]

June 26, 2019 - Timber voices resounded in Carbon Tax defeat

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Oregon Tax News The protest against Oregon’s Carbon Tax bill HB 2020 (also called climate bill, carbon cap and trade) went national this month and has led to its own collapsing. One of the loudest voices in the debate has been the community most […]

June 25, 2019 - Future Farmers gets $1.4M boost

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, Rep. Greg Barreto, R, Cove, authored and pass the only bill so far to receive a unanimous vote in the 80th Oregon legislature. HB 2444 will fund Oregon Future Farmers of America with $1.43 million, passing by a 60-0 vote. Agriculture is a top priority […]

June 24, 2019 - Agri-tourism is working in Oregon

By Robyn H. Smith Oregon Cattlemen Association Beef Blog What is agri-tourism? Simply put, it’s the practice of attracting travelers or visitors to an area used primarily for agriculture purposes. Attendees find themselves immersed in the beauty and nostalgia of the countryside while absorbing small gems of information about the […]