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Rick Sohn Umqua Coquille LLC Timber Industry Report July 31, 2014 Lumber is holding, Log Prices are surprisingly strong, and mortgage rates are dropping slowly. Home value increases are healthy and analyzed below. Statistics from recent years for lumber manufacturing, home construction, and housing markets are compared to 2

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American Farm Bureau Federation By Don Parrish The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand the scope of “navigable waters” subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction was drafted, according to the agency, to reduce uncertainty. And that it does. It’s very clear the proposed rule is designed to allow the fed

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By Oregon Dept of Agriculture Ranchers warned to be extra vigilant this summer as cattle prices reach historic levels A factor of supply and demand has driven cattle prices to historic highs this summer. That’s both good news and bad news for Oregon ranchers. They can expect to make a bigger profit when they take […

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Capitol reporting gets Ag boost Natural Resource News Note: The company that owns Capital Press has joined with Pamplin Media (which owns several Portland area newspapers) to hire three new journalists to report on what is happening in the State Capitol. One of the journalists is Mateusz Perkowski, a from the Capital Press,

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US Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., took to the Senate Floor to press Congress on the urgent need to pass an emergency funding bill that would provide additional fire funding to fight the catastrophic wildfires ripping through the western United States. Wyden described the conditions in Orego

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By Cindy National Corn Growers Association Let’s all admit it. Chuck Norris jokes are still funny. The idea that he is an unparalleled butt kicking machine elicits a fond memory and a good chuckle. He holds a soft spot in many hearts. My dear grandmother lusted after Walker Texas Ranger until her dying day. He […]

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By Oregon State University Extension  Office (Photo by Lynn Ketchum.) More than one in five commercial honeybee hives in Oregon did not survive last winter, continuing a financially challenging trend for professional beekeepers. Between Oct. 1 and March 31, Oregon beekeepers reported a 21.1 percent loss in colonies of the

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Natural Resource News Note: The Oregonian is reporting that Ron Wyden’s much anticipated timber O&C reform bill is expected to be taken up in the Senate in next week. The timing is tight as Congress closes during August for recess and returning to the district. More from the Oregonian Wyden is working with Landrie

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By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries According to an alert sent by the Farm Employer Education & Legal Defense Service (FEELDS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is actively investigating farms in the Willamette Valley this week. Their focus thus far has been on blueberry farms, but that could change. Concu

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By National Farmers Union NFU Backs Senate’s ‘Clean Reauthorization’ of STELA Bill Doug Sombke, president of South Dakota Farmers Union, visited Capitol Hill last week to urge lawmakers to act on pending legislation that will ensure rural Americans maintain access to their local broadcast television stations. “Broad

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by Craig Pope, Polk County Commissioner Michael Cairn’s recent criticism of rural county governments in his Statesman Journal op-ed deserves a response. Mr. Cairns lives in Polk County, where I serve as a County Commissioner charged with balancing the budget in the face of declining revenues. As one of 18 O&C timber c

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by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers Lawsuit Threat Faces Land Purchasers: Environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue two private landowners—claiming timber harvest of marbled murrelet seabird habitat would violate the federal Endangered Species Act. The 1,453 acres, formerly part of the

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “interpretive” rule. The rule will make the Natural Resource Conservation Service a regulatory co

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Natural Resource News Note: With Washington legalizing pot stores this week, it is expected that like Colorado, Washington border sales will see an increased sales to out-of-state buyers. Watch the KOIN-TV news interview below.

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By Oregon Dept. of Agriculture The Oregon Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of a commercial pesticide operator based in Eugene following an incident that has left an estimated 1,000 bees dead at a north Eugene apartment complex this week. The action taken against Glass Tree Care and Spray Service comes as

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By Rick Sohn, PhD Umpqua Coquille LLC Timber Industry Report Seasonal changes in the stud and log price relationship are accompanied by lower Housing Starts and Building Permits. This slow recovery could last 4 more years. Statistics from recent years for lumber manufacturing, home construction, and housing markets are comp

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By Cindy National Corn Growers Association Hillary Clinton seems to be everywhere these days and this week she spent over an hour at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention in San Diego chatting with BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood, a former congressman from Pennsylvania. The wide ranging discussion tou

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By Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon State Senator (Klamath Falls) The Oregon Department of Forestry did an exceptional job of stopping the Bryant Fire in West Langell Valley. The wildfire consumed about 1,350 acres of privately owned timber and brush-covered land. The fire is now contained, completely lined, and is well on its way

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 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have extended the closure of all mussel harvesting to cover the entire Oregon Coast, from the Columbia River to the California border. The closure is due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxi

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By Oregon State University Extension  Office Organic farmers use cover crops and organic fertilizers, compost and other amendments to add nutrients to their soil. But are they getting the best bang for their buck? A new online tool from the Oregon State University Extension Service does the math so that small-scale organic

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association   Pennsylvania Cattleman Urges EPA to Withdraw Anti-Conservation Rule Andy Fabin, cattle producer and farmer from Indiana, Penn., testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, Commerce and Forestry, regarding the impacts of the Environmental Protect

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By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association ODFW officials confirm the wolf attack in Umatilla County (photos below) UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. — Like many others, Mark Lane is simply trying to grow his business. Lane’s business is cattle ranching in Eastern Oregon. Compared to other ranchers, he may not have the most cattle

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This week’s Supreme Court rued on a large EPA rule case.  The Court set limits but also gave allowance.  See news video below. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com From USA Today: The court’s conservative wing ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority by changing the emission

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By Rick Sohn, p.H.D Umpqua Coquille LLC Spring has finally sparked some recovery in wood products. Not a big spark, and none too soon. Mortgage rates are trending down, homebuilding is trending up, and new uses of wood are in the works. Statistics from recent years for recent lumber manufacturing, home construction, and hou

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By American Farm Bureau federation With 218 co-sponsors – more than half of the House of Representatives – on board, legislation to repeal estate taxes is ripe for floor action, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today. Rep. Kevin Brady’s (R-Texas) Death Tax Repeal Act, H.R. 2429, would repeal estate taxes,

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Oregonians for Food and Shelte Myth: GM farmers “drown” crops in “dangerous” glyphosate. FACT: Farmers use eye droppers – Genetic Literacy Project I have to laugh sometimes; it’s all I can do when I run across this sort of misinformation. There are people out there who truly believe that

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By James Bovard Author of “Attention Deficit Democracy” The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture taking 47% of a farmer’s harvest does not violate the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause as long as the government aims to drive up crop prices. The May 9 decisi

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Oregon Farm Bureau “Farmland” by Oscar winner James Moll to be shown in Portland on May 15 Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, will make its Oregon debut on May 15 at Portland’s Century 16 Eastport Plaza theater, 4040 SE 82nd Ave. in Portland. Farmland offers view

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By Cindy National Corn Growers Association Agriculture is a big part of the new White House climate change assessment report out this week. “Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience,” th

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By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries Judge sides with growers in ‘hot goods’ issue A federal judge has confirmed an earlier ruling that two Oregon blueberry farmers were coerced into signing a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over alleged labor law violations. According to the ruling, the

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