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It’s census time for Oregon farmers and ranchers Oregon Department of Agriculture The most ambitious and important agricultural survey of all is getting underway in Oregon and the rest of the fifty states as the 2017 Census of Agriculture literally reaches out to every farmer and rancher in the United States. “The Censu

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Oregon hazelnut farm, NW Hazelnut, is first to fully operate under solar energy. See the KOIN-TV news clip below.

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USDA Promises New SNAP Flexibilities to Promote Self-Sufficiency U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is promising increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to promote self-sufficiency, integrity in the program, and better c

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AFRC Applauds Interior’s Recommendation on Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion American Forest Resource Council The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today applauded the Department of the Interior’s (Interior) recommendation to modify the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. AFRC President Travis Josep

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Timber Industry Report By Rick Sohn, PhD Coquille Lumber Log prices are at record highs, and mills are in extreme competition for logs. The log shortage is leading to maintenance shutdowns, extended Christmas holidays, and one mill closure. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared.

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Survey Shows Massive Opioid Impact in Farm Country; Farm Groups Call for Dialogue, Action American Farm Bureau  The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America, a Morning Consult survey shows. While just under half of rural Americans say they have been directly impacted by op

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Barley no longer an afterthought in beer flavor by Lynn Ketchum Oregon State Extension Services Barley has always played second fiddle to hops and yeast when it comes to flavoring beer. Now the grain is ready for its solo. In two studies published this week in the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, […

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Oregon cranberry industry grows with the times Oregon Department of Agriculture  Growing cranberries on Oregon’s south coast is a challenge– not because it can’t be done or done well, but due to competition with states that have larger production and lower costs. Nonetheless, Oregon remains fourth in the nation in cr

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Bonamici, Kaptur, Joyce Introduce Ocean and Lake Health Legislation Bipartisan effort improves harmful algal bloom response Representatives Suzanne Bonamici Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and David Joyce (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to better prepare for, mitigate, and respond to h

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Buying local is always the best choice for firewood Oregon Department of Agriculture Simply put, firewood is a great vehicle for invasive species to slip into the state. As winter approaches, consumers may be in the market for something to put into the fireplace. The same advice used for firewood in campgrounds holds true f

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Time for Turkey Trivia By Cyndie Shearing American Farm Bureau Looking for some interesting, lesser-known facts related to Thanksgiving? Check out the turkey trivia below. Beard – black lock of hair found on the chest of male turkeys Flock – large group of turkeys Hen – female turkey North Carolina, Minnesota and Indi

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Regional conference focuses on women in agriculture Oregon Department of Agriculture “We can do it!” is the theme of an upcoming regional conference of women in agriculture. Oregon is one of the states able to show that it’s being done when it comes to successful women connected to one of the state’s leading industr

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Timber Industry Report By Rick Sohn, PhD Coquille Lumber Extreme weather is credited with a near-term reduction of new homes, but otherwise statistics remain quite strong, with a 12-year October record for studs and a seasonal record for logs. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compar

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Secretary Perdue Launches Veteran Resources at USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the launch of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resources to provide comprehensive and timely support to veterans interested in opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness, and in rural

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Counties, timber group want to resume Cascade-Siskiyou litigation Oregonians for Food and Shelter Timber and county groups want to re-activate litigation over the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, but for now lawsuits remain on hold until Dec. 1. Groups representing Oregon counties and timber companies want to resume liti

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Greg Walden applauds passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act Helps advance forest management reform through House for fifth year in a row Congressman Greg Walden For the fifth time in five years, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) voted to pass legislation to improve federal forest management and reduce the risk of catastroph

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USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure Loans Will Help Create Jobs and Spur Business Growth in 27 States Weldon Freeman U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create job

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Don’t Buy “Climate Change” Argument Associated Oregon Loggers Federal agency representatives and certainly our liberal political representatives are already touting “climate change” as the cause of this summer’s catastrophic wildfire season. They point to rising temperatures, extended drought and a lengthening f

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Reps. Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden Fight for Oregon Timber Jobs Before International Trade Commission Congressman DeFazio Oregon Members Testify to the International Trade Commission in Support of Investigation into Unfair Chinese Hardwood Plywood Imports In testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), R

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Wall Street Editorial Board, 10,23,17 The bipartisan pull of corporate welfare—also known as the swamp—is powerful. Last week it swallowed up no less than Donald Trump and his fearless Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt. They caved under pressure from the ethanol lobby and political extortion fr

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Exotic wood boring beetles knocking on Oregon’s door Oregon Department of Agriculture  It’s been 20 years since the Oregon Department of Agriculture placed its first traps for exotic wood boring insects in the vicinity of a railroad tie creosoting plant in The Dalles. A lot has happened since amid the constant threat o

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Portion of Oregon coast closed to recreational crab harvesting Oregon Department of Agriculture The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the immediate closure of all recreational crabbing from Cape Blanco on the southern Oregon coast to the California border due to e

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NCBA on GIPSA Rule Withdrawal: “Victory for Cattle Producers and Consumers” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, today released the following statement in response to USDA’s decision to withdraw its

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Physical activity lacking for food-insecure Oregon rural children Oregon  State Extension Services  Many rural Oregon children living in food-insecure homes aren’t getting enough physical activity, according to an Oregon State University study. The study is published in the journal Preventative Medicine Reports. In a sa

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New program & commission to protect Oregon ag heritage Oregon Department of Agriculture  From protecting agricultural lands using easements and covenants, to helping farmers and ranchers keep their operation in the family through succession planning, the newly formed Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program and its soon-to

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NCBA, PLC Praise Mark-up of National Monument Creation and Protection Act National Cattlemen’s Beef Association  The Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today praised Chairman Rob Bishop and the House Natural Resources Committee for marking-up H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Pro

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Changes planned for Oregon ag water quality oversight Oregonians For Food And Shelter Regulators are implementing a new approach to ensure Oregon farmers comply with agricultural water quality standards. Oregon’s farm regulators aim to increase the impact of their agricultural water quality program by shifting how grant m

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Timber Conservation and Oregon’s Constitution Shouldn’t Be at Odds By Lydia White Cascade Policy Institute The Idaho Department of State Lands and the U.S. Forest Service signed ten agreements to allow logging and restoration on federal forest land, including land managed to benefit Idaho public schools by means

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NCCR Welcomes EPA Move To Reconsider Flawed Biofuel Mandate For 2018 J. Craig Shearman National Retail Federation The National Council of Chain Restaurants today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it is considering whether to reduce the amount of biomass-based diesel that will be required to

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Oregon Court of Appeals affirms ruling overturning GMO ban Oregonians for Food and Shelter A ruling that invalidated a GMO ban in Oregon’s Josephine County has been affirmed on appeal. The Oregon Court of Appeals has affirmed that a prohibition against genetically engineered crops in Josephine County is pre-empted by stat

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