September 15, 2021 - Wildfire smoke cause 29% grape harvest drop

By Oregon Family Farm Association Oregon vintners in 2020 harvested its smallest crop of grapes in seven years and saw production and sales drop accordingly. According to the Portland Business Journal, the grape harvest last year was 29 percent lower than in 2019, partly due to wildfire smoke. The harvest […]

September 13, 2021 - Cougar put down within Ashland city limits

By Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Ashland Police Department shot and killed a cougar within city limits that displayed no fear of humans. Police responded to a resident’s call reporting a friend had gone outside the home and encountered a cougar in the garbage cans at the residence. The […]

September 10, 2021 - Farmers face four big tax changes

American Farm Bureau Federation, The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with 46 state Farm Bureaus and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses, sent a letter today to congressional leaders urging them to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. The letter […]

September 8, 2021 - Parts in Oregon, yields down 50%, prices up100%

By Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon made national headlines this spring when the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Klamath Project, an irrigation system spanning southern Oregon and Northern California, was not going to receive any water deliveries for the first time since the project’s creation in 1907. Unfortunately, the Klamath […]

September 7, 2021 - Forestry Dept. to define “wildand-urban interface”, comments welcome

By Oregon Department of Forestry The process for defining the “wildland-urban interface” in Oregon continues to move forward following Board of Forestry approval of the proposed administrative rule during a special meeting on August 24. The board also directed the Department of Forestry to proceed with the public hearing process […]

September 3, 2021 - Stop abusing wilderness rules to push unrelated climate laws

National Cattlemen Beef Association, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) denounced the administration’s elevated focus on federal wilderness designations as an overly-broad tool for reaching climate goals and targets laid out under the America the Beautiful conservation campaign. President Biden’s proclamation named September 2021 as […]

September 1, 2021 - Two dams being removed

By Taxpayers Foundation of Oregon, A coalition of partners is removing two small diversion dams along Indian Creek near Elgin, Ore., as well as an old roadbed and culvert to restore spawning habitats for fish such as Snake River steelhead, chinook salmon, bull salmon and redband trout. Trout Unlimited, which […]

August 30, 2021 - 150 year old farm swept into water rights battle

By Oregon Family Farm Association, His family has farmed in Clark County for 150 years, but now that livelihood is threatened after the Washington State Department of Ecology denied Bill Zimmerman’s application for farm water rights. Zimmerman’s ancestors dug the well serving BiZi Farms in 1900, before the state ever […]

August 27, 2021 - Border visit was eye-opening. Call for greater security.

Zippy Duvall, President American Farm Bureau Federation, Credit: AFBF Photo/Terri Moore Spending several days along our southern border will teach you a lot. I did so recently and left with new perspective about both the unfolding humanitarian crisis and the security crisis. To be honest, as a Georgia farmer, I […]

August 25, 2021 - Protecting farm employees from smoke

By Bryan Little California Farm Bureau, California’s hot summer growing season and an ongoing drought feeding out-of-control wildfires pose challenges for farm employers. The 700,000-acre-and-counting Dixie Fire and the devastating Caldor Fire have conspired to funnel smoke in agricultural production areas just as summer temperatures have soared into triple digits. […]