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By Oregonians for Food and Shelter OFS testified on three bills of concern to our members. The first two were in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources. HB 2038 provides funding for what is known as the “Farm to School” program. This program connects schools to local farmers for sourcing loca

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Congressman Peter DeFazio Press Release, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR)  cut through bureaucratic red tape in the Trump Administration and helped to secure an increased catch limit for groundfish species caught in the Pacific Northwest Region. Every two years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) se

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By US Chamber of Commerce, Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, issued the following statement following President Trump’s signature on the Congressional Review Act Resolution repealing the so-called Stream Protection Rule: “We commend Congress and President Trump f

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The Association of O&C Counties, The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC)  filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming the Obama Administration’s inclusion of Oregon & California (“O&C”) lands within the newly-expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monumen

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By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, Writing for The Hill, a Washington DC newspaper, we explain how reforming federal forest management can help President Trump achieve his goal of boosting American manufacturing jobs: President Donald Trump has consistently pledged to create more American jobs by promoting domestic

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By Oregonians for Food and Shelter There was one bill of interest to OFS members heard in the House Committee on Transportation. The bill, HB 2291, would require some farm trucks carrying pesticides, fertilizer, fuel or other “hazardous materials” to meet paperwork and signage requirements. Katie testified again

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By Oregon Farm Bureau, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bonneville Power Administration are planning to make changes to the Columbia River System operations. The Columbia River System consists of 14 different federal projects in the Columbia Basin, including the Columbia River dams. When

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By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Timber Industry Report January 28, 2017 Interest rates are leveling off, lumber and logs are steady, home values continue a steady rise, and housing starts are rising slowly, despite tightening home inventories. Canadian lumber exports are creating headaches. Recent trends of lumber, log

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By Kari Barbic American Farm Bureau To be an American generally means to be from somewhere else. With the exception of those of Native American descent, U.S. citizens are the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on, of the people who left another land to make a better life for themselves and their families.

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By Oregonians for Food and Shelter The 2017 Legislative Session officially kicks off today. The even year “long” session is slated to run through early July. But with a $1.7 billion budget shortfall to deal with, there has already been talk of a Special Session after that. While we expect much of the focus to [&

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Congressman Greg Walden, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Representatives Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., this week introduced legislation to protect and enhance Oregon’s land conservation priorities on Mt. Hood. Wyden and Merkley introduced the Mt. Hood Cooper Spur Land Exc

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By NFIB, The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) thanked Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) for introducing a bill to repeal the federal estate tax. “Tax reform starts with small business and repealing the estate tax has been a top priority for small business owners. We are grateful to Senat

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By Oregon Farm Bureau, Falling commodity prices, labor shortages, new workforce mandates — 2016 was challenging for many Oregon farm and ranch families. But Farm Bureau members ended the year with important accomplishments to be proud of: Hundreds participated in the I Farm I Vote grassroots effort this November; the Meas

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Oregon Department of Agriculture, Heads up, Oregon farmers and ranchers. What happens as part of your operation this year will provide the data for the next Census of Agriculture. The nation’s most ambitious and important agricultural survey of all will be going out to farm operators in December 2017. Between now and then

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By American Forest Research Council, AFRC Responds to Controversial Cascade Siskiyou National Monument Expansion AFRC President, Travis Joseph, issued the following statement after the Obama Administration’s controversial decision to administratively increase the size of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Southern

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By Oregon Farm Bureau, With a simple stroke of a pen President Obama expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by just under 50,000 acres. Along with this expansion, a monument in California was expanded and three new designations were declared. Unfortunately this process was unilateral and did not get the debate it d

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By Oregon State University Extension Office, Using precise tracking technology, Oregon State University researchers have determined that cattle spend less time in streams than most people think—the average is between 1 and 2.5 percent of their time on the range. In a five-year study recently published in the Journal of So

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the introduction of the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, championed by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill, which has 25 co-sponsors,

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Oregon Small Business fins Linn County timber lawsuit vital to community By Oregon Small Business Association Clatsop County has every reason to remain a class member in Linn County’s Class Action lawsuit against the state. The state is contractually obligated to manage state forests and return revenues to the countie

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Wood Resources International LLC, Prices for wood fiber consumed by the pulp industry in North America have fallen over the past year in all regions of the continent with the exception of the US South, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR). The biggest declines have been in the northwestern and northeastern U

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association issued federal land management priorities for the new administration to bring responsible management and economic viability back to the Western landscape. “Ranchers and other multiple-use interests in the West

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US Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley  urged federal officials to make much-needed federal timber sales payments as quickly as possible to Oregon counties in need of funding for schools, roads and law enforcement. In letters to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary

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By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Interest rates continue a rapid rise, and last month’s good housing starts report turned out to be a bubble. Other than that, trends are positive or steady. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2009 and 2005. Prices in Dollars per Thous

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By National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome two trade dispute actions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) challenging Chinese government policies that distort the wheat market and harm wheat growers throughout the rest of the world

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 Oregon Association of Nurseries When it comes to water issues, the Oregon Association of Nurseries is very active and involved, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. Stone was a guest on the Water Zone talk radio program last week, which originates in Loma Linda, California. He gave the nursery industry perspective on i

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Oregon Farm Bureau, We offer a heartfelt thanks to the more than 200 Farm Bureau members who traveled from all parts of the state to attend the 84th OFB Annual Meeting, Dec. 6-8 at the Salem Convention Center. Volunteer leaders were honored, experts shared useful knowledge in a variety of workshops, the grassroots House of

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association After reviewing the report released on Wednesday by the Endangered Species Coalition, entitled “Removing the Walls to Recovery: Top 10 Species Priorities for a New Administration,” the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association announced today several add

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By Oregonians for Food and Shelter It was a busy week around Salem as legislators gathered for the December Legislative Days . As is the case with all interim legislative committee meetings, they don’t consider any bills but hold “informational hearings” that give a preview of the issues that are likely to

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By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Housing starts achieved a new 9-year high, while interest rates jumped 56 basis points to 4.03%. Logs topped 700 for the first time in 20 months. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2009 and 2005. * A lumber board foot measures […]

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigenerational Cattle Operations Cattlemen Call for Proposed IRS Regulation to be Withdrawn  The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation d

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