April 16, 2021 - Forest plan might reduce timber harvest by 30%

By Oregon Forest Forever, Oregon’s Department of Forestry is writing a Habitat Conservation Plan that will guide management of more than 600,000 acres of state forest lands in western Oregon over the next 70 years. Unfortunately, the current draft of the plan relies upon 1990s ideas, which we know are […]

April 14, 2021 - Con. Bentz pushes for emergency aid for Klamath drought

By Oregon Congressman Cliff Bentz, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Congressman Cliff Bentz (R-OR-2), today released the following statement after meeting with U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the dire water year the Klamath Basin will face, and the emergency resources needed to provide […]

April 12, 2021 - Klamath hit with Oregon’s first 2021 drought emergency declaration

First drought declaration of 2021 Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 21-07, declaring a drought in Klamath County, and directed state agencies to coordinate and prioritize assistance to the region. This is the first drought declaration of 2021.“The Klamath Basin faces one of the most difficult water years in […]

April 9, 2021 - Senate passes $1.1M for wildfire victims

By Oregon Senate Republican Caucus, Sen. Girod Delivers Fire Relief Money for Canyon Communities More than $1.1 million to go to communities impacted by wildfire SALEM, Ore. – The Senate approved budget appropriations of more than $1.1 million for Canyon communities still reeling from the wildfires of last year. Senator […]

April 7, 2021 - Man pleads guilty in $240M ghost-cattle scam

By Oregon Family Farm Association, A Washington man pleaded guilty to defrauding Tyson Foods and another unnamed company by charging more than $244 million to buy and feed cattle that never existed. Cody Easterday, a 49-year-old from Mesa, Wash., reportedly admitted to bilking the companies of money to purchase and […]

April 5, 2021 - Ag bills update April 5th

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, We are in the middle of one of the most active periods of a long (odd-numbered year) legislative session – between the first posting deadline of March 19th and the April 13th deadline to move bills out of their policy committees. Committee agendas are […]

April 2, 2021 - Ranchers back the 2021 Ag Haulers Act

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) endorsed the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act of 2021. Introduced by Sen. Fischer (R-NE), Sen. Tester (D-MT), Sen. Wicker (R-MS), and Sen. Smith (D-MN), the bipartisan bill would deliver much-needed flexibility for livestock haulers. “One year after […]

April 1, 2021 - Farm Dog of the year helped rescue its owner

By American Farm Bureau Federation, Meet Bindi, Farm Bureau’s 2021 Farm Dog of the Year. New York Farm Bureau member Sonja Galley relies on this Australian Shepherd to help her round up cattle on her family’s 60-cow dairy farm. Bindi helps out in a variety of ways—she once very protectively […]

March 31, 2021 - Oregon needs their own Drive Tractor to School Day

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Since the 1980’s South Central High School in Farina, Illinois has been hosting Drive Your Tractor To School Day. This event follows National Future Farmers of America Week where nearly a quarter of the students are members of FFA. This is something Oregon should definitely […]

March 30, 2021 - California condors make miracle rebound in NW after 100 years

By US Department of Fish & Wildlife, For the first time in 100 years, the endangered California condor will return to the Pacific Northwest. Once on the brink of extinction, this iconic species has made significant steps towards recovery. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the Yurok […]