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By Oregon Cattlemen Association In the midst of an over 1.6 billion-dollar budget shortfall, Oregon’s Legislature is filled with tension as Legislators, agencies, non-profits, and coalitions alike pour through House Bills and Senate Bills day in and day out from February 1st through July 10th. Does any of this really matt

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By State Senator Dennis Linthicum, If a Democrat House member gets his way, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) will load stiff economic, land and water management problems right into the lap of Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, cattle and dairymen. All water right holders will find themselves in a swamp-like sloug

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By Oregonians For Food and Shelter, Last week there were two OFS priority bills up for hearings. In the morning, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on HB 2469. This bill would undermine the seed preemption law by exempting regulations on GMO crops from preemption. This would mean that loca

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American Farm Bureau The Senate joined the House in approving a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional input on Bureau of Land Management decisions. The resolution now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. Known a

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By American Forest Research Council, The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) filed a legal challenge to Presidential Proclamation 9564, an order signed by President Obama in his final days of office nearly doubling the size of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon and Northern California. AFRC Presid

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By Oregonians for Food and Shelter While there were no OFS priority bills up for hearings this week (3/6-3/10), it was encouraging to see farmers in town testifying on a couple other important issues. The first was on Wednesday in the Senate Workforce Committee where SB 779 was up for a public hearing. That bill […]

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By Oregon Farm Bureau, On Wednesday, March 8, at 3:00 PM in Hearing Room A, the Senate Workforce Committee will hold a public hearing on Farm Bureau’s bill to clarify the Oregon Sick Time law. SB 779 (and HB 2936) provides a necessary fix for family businesses that are trying to comply with Oregon Sick Time.  [̷

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By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, Covering Idaho, Montana and portions of the Dakotas, Region 1 of the U.S. Forest Service has reached a grim milestone. Over 35,000 acres of forest projects on Region 1 National Forests are stymied by litigation. The amount of timber tied up in lawsuits (355 million board feet) is now

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American Farm Bureau American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “President Trump’s executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country today. “The flawed WOTUS rule has proven to be nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farm

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Congressman Greg Walden A bill authored by U.S. Reps. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) to force the U.S. Forest Service to complete a land exchange on Mt. Hood today passed the House of Representatives in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, 415-1. The Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarificat

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Wall Street Editorial, Feb 10, 2017 Someone should tell Mr. Trump the damage that his trade policies are already doing to the rural and farm-state voters who put him in the White House. This year the U.S. is expected to export $134 billion in agricultural goods, from pork to nuts to corn and much more. […]

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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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