December 7, 2021 - Wyden: Expedite Oregon’s State Meat Inspection Program Review

By US Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly review Oregon’s rules and regulations for a state meat inspection program that meets USDA standards, and, if approved, to expedite the needed training for Oregon staff to carry […]

December 6, 2021 - Talks resume over overtime for farmworkers

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Political posturing is becoming a holiday tradition in Oregon. Earlier the Governor called for a special session to provide funding for rental assistance. The response was mixed, as House Speaker (and Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Tina Kotek supports the session, Senate President Peter Courtney is […]

December 3, 2021 - How supply chain crisis could wreck your holidays

By American Farm Bureau Federation, Supply chain issues have made life difficult for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Chad Smith has more on how those supply chain issues could make the holiday season more challenging for shoppers as well. Smith: Ongoing supply chain challenges that have plagued the U.S. economy […]

November 30, 2021 - Fuel prices crush farmers

By Kevin Hecteman California Farm Bureau A tractor fuels up at Terranova Ranch in Fresno County. Diesel fuel, whether for on-road or off-road use, is seeing sizable price jumps. Farmers trying to deal with rising prices are not always able to recover their increased expenses, which may force some to […]

November 29, 2021 - Oregon hay farmers take a big hit

By Natural Resource News Note; Drought, water shortages, a summer heat wave, and supply chain issues curbed the profit for Central Oregon farmers so much that some may sell their land. Farmers saw production cut by tens of millions, according to Mylen Bohle, agronomist for Oregon State University Crook County […]

November 26, 2021 - Report details Oregon’s 1 million acre burned wildfire

Oregon Forests Resource Institute, Report summarizes Labor Day Fires impact study A newly published OFRI report summarizes the findings of an Institute-commissioned study examining the economic impacts of the 2020 Labor Day wildfires on Oregon’s forest-related businesses and industries. The 2020 Labor Day Fires Summary Report highlights the major findings […]

November 24, 2021 - Cattlemen letter campaign to EPA over WOTUS

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, NCBA is launching a campaign on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and urging cattle producers to sign onto a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to adopt clear, fair regulations that work for cattle producers. The sign-on letter is the […]

November 22, 2021 - Legislative Ag:: Private Forest Accord, DEQ fight, more…

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Legislative Update The convening of legislative days this week revealed a bit more about both our state’s partisan leadership and the coming 2022 legislative session. On the leadership front, Republicans and Senator Betsy Johnson opposed the Governor’s nominee to the Environmental Quality Commission, Amy […]

November 18, 2021 - Bipartisan push to protect stepped-up basis

By American Farm Bureau Federation, Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are joining farmers and ranchers in calling for the preservation of stepped-up basis, a tax provision farmers and ranchers rely on to pass their operations down to future generations. Stepped-up basis allows a farmer to pay capital gains […]

November 17, 2021 - Wyden: Bills to reform wildfire disaster response

By U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Legislation would strengthen FEMA’s disaster preparedness and response efforts, and make federal disaster response more equitable for wildfire-impacted communities Washington, D.C. – Following another season of record-breaking wildfires in the West, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues on two bills to […]