February 14, 2020 - Ag concerns over Trump budget cuts

By National Association of Wheat Growers The White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought released the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget of the United States Government. In response, NAWG President and Lavon, TX wheat farmer Ben Scholz issued the following: “While NAWG continues to review the […]

February 12, 2020 - Timber & environmentalists strike huge agreement

By Natural Resource News Note, Greg Miller, representing several timber companies, announced a new compromise between the timber industry and environmental groups in Oregon over forest management ad logging practices. Two groups of opposing ballot measures on the issue will now be pulled in favor of a mutually agreed solution […]

February 10, 2020 - Ag issues in the Legislature

Oregonians for Food and Shelter, The opening week of Oregon’s legislative session started with a flurry. The major focus was cap-and-trade, including the massive Timber Unity rally on Thursday. With only six days remaining until the first deadline to move bills out of committees, legislators scrambled to fit testimony within […]

February 7, 2020 - Ranchers lay out 2020 priorities

National Cattlemen Beef Association, The Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) approved the organization’s top 2020 Policy Priorities. Approval came at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Like last year, NCBA’s top policy priorities include issues related to international trade, proper regulation of fake […]

February 5, 2020 - Lawmakers take up four wildfire bills

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Four wildfire bills are up for debate in the Oregon State Legislature today. SB 1515 Directs office of State Treasurer to research creation of wildfire workforce foundation and report to committee or interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to wildfire no later than September […]

February 3, 2020 - Legislature 2020 begins

Oregonians for Food and Shelter, OFS is gearing up for an unpredictable short session! Next week, legislators return to Salem for a fast-paced 35-day session where they will take up controversial policies, including cap-and-trade, 2nd amendment issues, pesticides, and forest practices. The short session was originally billed to voters as […]

January 31, 2020 - Farmers need better hemp rules

By American Farm Bureau Federation, Improved testing rules, an expanded testing timeline, and clarity around hemp transportation would help farmers grow and market this new crop, the American Farm Bureau Federation said in comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The comments relate to USDA’s Interim Final Rule regulating […]

January 29, 2020 - Bill would dramatically rezone Oregon

By Oregon Property Owners Association, Rural property owners should pay VERY close attention to LC 83, the latest effort by the Governor to stop rural development. This time, the purported reason is wildfire prevention. The bill directs the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to create a “statewide […]

January 27, 2020 - OSU $3.3M study on plastics and sea life

Oregon State University Extension office, Oregon State University researchers will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study tiny plastics and their potential impacts on aquatic life. Microplastics are large-scale plastics that have broken down to a size that can only be seen under a microscope. […]

January 24, 2020 - New grazing regulations

National Cattlemen Beef Association, Western ranchers welcomed a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Notice of Intent (NOI), which appeared in Public Inspection and will publish in the Federal Register on January 21st, announcing that the agency is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on new grazing regulations. The NOI opened […]