May 25, 2022 - OSU warns of sudden oak death threat along coast

Oregon State University Extension Office Sudden oak death (SOD), caused by a non-native pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has killed more than 1 million oak and tanoak trees in 15 coastal counties in California and thousands of tanoaks in Curry County, Oregon. The pathogen also causes foliar blights on many native shrub […]

May 19, 2022 - Support for $6B farm aid

By National Association Wheat Growers, The Administration announced that it would be making a $6 billion disaster relief payment through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program for crop years 2020-2021 available to farmers to offset crop yield and value losses. FSA will be sending out pre-filled applications […]

May 18, 2022 - What does Biden’s Executive Order mean for “Old and Mature” forests?

By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities On Earth Day, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order recognizing the role that federal forests play “in combating climate change and the importance of maintaining their resilience.” In their news coverage, the media largely focused on provisions aimed at “protecting old growth forests.” As […]

May 16, 2022 - Farmer concern: Regulatory EPA update

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, EPA’s registration review process has ramped up lately, with a number of widely used products being proposed for restrictions. EPA recently issued a proposed decision for the herbicide diuron that would terminate all uses on food and feed crops, non-food agricultural sites (e.g., ornamentals) and […]

May 13, 2022 - Inflation to hurt farmers for years

By American Farm Bureau Federation, Overall consumer prices in April were 8.3% higher than a year ago, and America’s families can expect inflation to continue putting pressure on their wallets for the next few years. American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the inflation numbers in the latest Market Intel. They […]

May 11, 2022 - Marijuana sales in Oregon forecasts

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office Economic Analysis, Marijuana sales continue to be strong and are closely tracking recent forecasts. That said, the baseline outlook has called for sales to slow as the pandemic improves and Oregonians continue to return to their pre-COVID lives to a greater degree. That included workers […]

May 9, 2022 - Environmental extremist and arsonist pleads guilty

Oregon U.S. Attorney Press release, Pacific Northwest Environmental Extremist and Arsonist Pleads Guilty PORTLAND, Ore.—A Pacific Northwest environmental extremist, arsonist, and former fugitive pleaded guilty today in federal court for his role in two arson conspiracies targeting commercial and government-owned animal processing facilities in Oregon and California. Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, […]

May 6, 2022 - Congress addresses Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act

By National Cattlemen Beef Association, The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing to discuss transparency and oversight within cattle marketing, specifically the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act (S.4030) and additional oversight through the Office of the Special Investigator (S.3870). The hearing has been proceeded by […]

May 4, 2022 - Oregon Hazelnuts rebound after fierce ice storm

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Oregon growers are rebounding after devastating ice storm in February 2021 that bowed and broke hazelnut trees throughout the Willamette Valley. The state’s hazelnut growers provide 99 percent of the crop grown in the United States, but despite the damage from the storm, the growers […]

May 2, 2022 - Washington DNR ‘Carbon Project’ Undercuts Washington’s Climate Goals

By American Forest Resource Council American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) President Travis Joseph had the following to say regarding the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ‘carbon project’ on public working forests known as state trust lands: “DNR should follow the recommendations of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]