January 20, 2020 - Early Ag bills in upcoming Legislature

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Last week the legislature convened in Salem for the January legislative and organizational days. These days are typically reserved to prepare bills and budget requests for the upcoming short session, but all that anyone could talk about was the latest version of the carbon […]

January 17, 2020 - USMCA a huge win for Mexico & US!

American Farm Bureau Federation, America’s farmers and ranchers received a second round of good news this week with Senate approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). At a time when farmers continue to face strong economic headwinds, the agreement is expected to increase U.S. agriculture exports by $2 billion. “This […]

January 15, 2020 - New Oregon laws for 2020

Oregon Wheat Growers League, 2019 is in the books, and as such the Oregon State Legislature passed hundreds of new bills both large and small. While we have heard of some big ones non-stop, here are a few that you may have missed. These new bills took effect on Wednesday, […]

January 13, 2020 - Smoke impact on Oregon wine

James Osborne Elizabeth Tomasino Oregon State University Extension Service EM 9253, Revised September 2019 An increase in the frequency of wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington in recent years has exposed wine grapes in some areas to high levels of smoke. Smoke from wildfires contains a number of different volatile […]

January 10, 2020 - Spending bill: Kills heath tax, extends biodiesel credits

American Farm Bureau Federation, Legislation to fund the U.S. government in 2020 included several tax provisions important to farmers and ranchers. At the top of the list is permanent repeal of the Health Insurance Tax, which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Health Insurance Tax has […]

January 8, 2020 - Food Study: ‘Local’ label has unexpected effect

By Dave Kranz, California Farm Bureau Words have power and one specific word—”local”—appears to have particular power in the marketing of fresh vegetables. That’s the conclusion of a study published by researchers from Cornell University in New York. According to a university news release, the Cornell researchers conducted a blind […]

January 6, 2020 - Legislature starts in 5 weeks: Ag agenda

2020 Legislative Session By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, With less than five weeks until lawmakers return to the capitol, there is some anticipation as to what the legislature will take-up during the 35-day short session and how those legislative priorities will impact Oregon’s natural resource industries. Here are some […]

January 3, 2020 - How to fix beef labeling laws

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing American cattle producers, reaffirmed its policy supporting voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Because the association takes the concerns of its members and stakeholders seriously, its Executive Committee has unanimously approved efforts to work […]

January 1, 2020 - Top 5 forest issues of 2019

By Oregon Forests Forever, To celebrate the end of the year we’ve rounded up a “Top 5” list to recap 2019: 1. Top issue: Forest fires. Our community has been eager to urge lawmakers to do something about the annual problem of forest fires. This year we gave you a […]

December 30, 2019 - OSU study sheds new light on bears and salmon

OSU Extension Office, It’s a familiar scene to anyone who’s watched footage of brown bears catching sockeye salmon in Alaska: They’re standing knee-deep in a rushing river, usually near a waterfall, and grabbing passing fish with their paws or jaws. But a new study published in the journal Conservation Letters […]