September 20, 2023 - Wineries sue for $20M for crop damage

By Oregon Small Business Association Wineries in the Willamette Valley want PacifiCorp to pay $20 million for damage to grape crops caused by 2020 Labor Day wildfires. Lawsuits filed in Yamhill, Polk, and Lane counties contend that negligence on the six-state utility’s equipment sparked wildfires and its Oregon operation, Pacific […]

September 18, 2023 - Regulatory Ag update 9/18

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, This week, several outlets reported the news of a final signed settlement agreement in the longstanding case against US EPA filed in 2011 by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pesticide Action Network of North America, commonly termed the “Mega” case. Some headlines […]

September 13, 2023 - Bill curbs water for livestock

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Cows, chickens, and other livestock on large farms in Oregon will no longer have an unlimited supply of water to slake their thirst, thanks to drought conditions and a new state law curtailing a livestock watering exemptions for confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, according […]

September 11, 2023 - Wyden: More opportunities for Oregon coast wind energy

By U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Press Release, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Val Hoyle said today they are urging federal officials — if draft wind energy areas for the Oregon Coast are released — to schedule three public meetings on the […]

September 5, 2023 - Rep. Javadi: HCP could hurt timber economy

Oregon State Representative Cyrus Javadi, I have written a lot about the Oregon Department of Forestry and their draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that could devastate the North Coast timber economy. On September 6th and 7th, the Board of Forestry (BOF) will meet in Salem about the HCP. They have […]

September 4, 2023 - $19M for fish culverts, passages

By U.S. Senators Ron Wyden Press Release U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that six Oregon counties will receive a combined $19.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for culverts to encourage fish passage and species conservation. “Culverts and the Salmon SuperHwy are proven methods for […]

August 30, 2023 - Bill to help fight water violations

By Oregon Family Farm Association A court injunction may force people to stop hoarding or misusing water, thanks to passage of House Bill 2929, which gives the Oregon Water Resources Department the right to seek help from the court to stop water violators before irreparable harm is caused, according to […]

August 28, 2023 - Legislature: $9M for Oregon meat processor aid

Oregon legislature allocates $9M to increase opportunities for Oregon’s meat processors Oregon Department of Agriculture News release With the passage of Oregon House Bill 3410 (HB 3410), the Oregon Legislature appropriated $9 million to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to support the State’s Meat Inspection Program and aid businesses […]

August 23, 2023 - Grant program extended to help fire-harden homes

Grant program extended to help fire-harden homes, businesses damaged by 2020 and 2021 wildfires The Oregon Building Codes Division   Aug. 16, 2023 (Salem) – The Oregon Building Codes Division is partnering with counties on a grant program to help owners of homes and businesses rebuild after the 2020 and […]

August 21, 2023 - Cannabis rule ties license renewal to taxes

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation The trade association representing cannabis retailers wants to find legislative options to increase tax collection among its members without tying renewal of licenses to whether a company or its owners have filed taxes. Their efforts come in the wake of the Oregon Liquor and […]