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By Oregonians for Food and Shelter Over the past couple of years, we have shared information about the EPA’s move to expand the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS), under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Back in August of 2015, under the Obama administration, EPA finalized rules that expa

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Surprise, Another Big Corn and Soybean Crop On the Way John Newton, Ph.D. Via Farm Bureau USDA’s August Crop Production report provides the first survey-based estimate of corn and soybean yields, harvested area and production for the U.S. The objective yield and farm operator surveys were conducted between July 25 and Aug

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Rural Oregon Scores Victories, But More Work To Do Via Oregon Prosperity Project The economic recovery was slow to arrive in rural Oregon, and many of the state’s less populated counties still have unemployment rates well above the statewide rate of 3.7%. But signs of improvement are as clear as mountains on the horizon

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Tillamook County farmers first in nation to have say in wetland siting Via Oregon Farm Bureau  Farmers in Tillamook County are the first in the nation to have a say in wetland siting after a unanimous vote by the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 2. “Thanks to legislation Oregon Farm Bureau and the […

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Highs for Broiler Piece Prices Likely in Rear View Via Farm Bureau Wholesale broiler prices have remained above year ago level almost all year despite the expectation for an annual 2 percent increase in broiler production – projected in the May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) – and rather

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New I-9 Form Takes Effect September 18, 2017 By J. Kent Pearson, Jr. Bullard Law U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, the form used to verify employee identity and authorization to work in the United States. Employers may download the new form here: Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Ve

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Oregon Farm Bureau Praises Pruitt’s Rescinding of WOTUS The following may be attributed to Oregon Farm Bureau Federation President Barry Bushue: “Oregon Farm Bureau applauds Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for listening to America’s farmers and ranchers and taking action to rescind the

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Farm Bill is More Important Than Ever Via American Farm Bureau  Reports are coming in about the severe drought that is plaguing farmers in the Dakotas and other parts of the Midwest. I was just in Iowa, where the corn was shriveling up from lack of rain. With crop and other crop prices much lower […]

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Why are dogs such doting companions? It’s in their genes By Chris Banham Via Oregon State Extension Researchers have identified a genetic difference in domesticated dogs and wolves that could explain the canines’ contrasting social interaction with humans. The finding, published today in the journal Science Advances, pr

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OSU research leads to detection method for crown gall disease Oregon State Extension Service By Chris Branam Researchers at Oregon State University have taken a major step toward developing an on-site detection tool for crown gall disease, an incurable malady that affects numerous species of plants, including many of econom

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House Approves Measure Aligning Ozone Standards Via Farm Bureau The House passed a Farm Bureau-supported bill that provides for the reasonable implementation of EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 806) aligns the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards through a phase

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  Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Oregon Wildlands and Scenic Rivers, Supporting Rural Economies and Local Recreation Jobs via Senator Ron Wyden Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced their bill to protect some of the state’s most pristine and environmentally significant areas, which

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Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Secretary Of The Interior Ryan Zinke, “Glad To Be Back In Oregon” For Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Review Announcing on twitter that he was “Glad to be back in Oregon! Here for a monument review…” the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association applauds Secretary Zinke for t

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Spring Wheat Markets Respond to Supply Concerns Jaime Luke, Farm Bureau Spring wheat, typically planted in late spring and harvested in late summer and early fall, prefers the mild summer weather of the northern states in which it is primarily grown. However, in recent months parts of the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest

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Oregon growers display fruits of their labor Via Oregon Department of Agriculture Oregon is a veritable cornucopia, producing a “horn of plenty” filled with high quality tree fruit, berries, and a type of nut not grown anywhere else in the United States. Newly released national statistics show the state is a leader in p

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Photo by Lynn Ketchum, OSU In the egg, American bullfrogs learn how to avoid becoming lunch By Chris Branam, Oregon State Extension When exposed to potential predators as an embryo, the invasive American bullfrog becomes harder to kill when it becomes a tadpole, according to a new study by Oregon State University researche

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EPA Lowers Proposed Volume Standards for RFS By John Newton, Farm Bureau The Environmental Protection Agency released Proposed Volume Standards for 2018, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019. This proposal includes volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, biomass-based diesel, and total renewabl

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Dock tours in Newport and Warrenton show consumers how to buy seafood off the boat Via Oregon State Extension Have you ever wanted to buy seafood right from the boat, but weren’t sure what questions to ask or what to look for? Have you ever stood at a seafood market staring at all the choices […]

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Schrader & Bipartisan Pacific Northwest Delegation Introduce Legislation to Address FCRPS Biological Opinion Via Congressman Kurt Schrader Pacific Northwest Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Greg Walden (OR-02) introduced bipartisan legi

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Livestock Industry Supports Western Governors Association Via National Cattlemen’s Association  Dave Eliason, Utah rancher and president of the Public Lands Council (PLC), and Craig Uden, Nebraska cattle producer and president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), issued the following statements rega

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“OREGON CATTLEMEN’S TO FISH & WILDLIFE: ‘GET MOOOO-VING.’” Oregon Cattelmen’s Association Feature from Pacific Legal Foundation On behalf of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, PLF sent a 60-day notice of our intent to sue the Service for failing to reach a final determination on its February 2014

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Jim Harris Retired Wheat Grower Please stand with me and ask our Oregon representatives in Washington, D.C. to protect the partnership between fuel and agricultural by preserving the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as is, without changes. With so many policies up for debate in Washington DC, it’s easy to miss important one

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  Defending the Pacific Northwest from Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: Northwest Members of Congress Seek Protection of Columbia River Ecosystem, Hydropower Infrastructure Via Congressman Kurt Schrader Members of Congress from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reque

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Farmers Urge Caution on Cuba Policy Via Farm Bureau  Importing $2 billion worth of food each year, Cuba represents the kind of growth opportunity U.S. farmers and ranchers need during this challenging economic period, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said recently as he encouraged the administration t

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Greg Walden helps advance pivotal legislation to improve environmental laws, modernize energy infrastructure for Oregon Via Congressman Greg Walden Energy and Commerce Committee passes two bills to authorize Brownfields Program and better manage nuclear waste Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and

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Dairy Production Grows as Dairy Prices Stabilize in 2017 Oregon Workforce and Economic Information  Oregon dairy products are recognized worldwide for their high quality and employment is growing as a result. Dairy farms in Oregon were historically small, often employing a family and a few other individuals, but recent tre

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Free to Farm from Sea to Shining Sea American Farm Bureau By Zippy Duvall You’ll be hard pressed to find folks with more patriotic spirit than America’s farmers and ranchers. We love this country and take great pride in working around the clock to grow the finest products in the world. From sea to shining […]

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Defects linked to benzopyrene exposure passed down generationally in zebrafish Oregon State Extension Service By Chris Branum   Zebrafish whose parents and grandparents were exposed to benzopyrene, a chemical associated with air pollution, suffer several physical and behavioral deficits, even though the descendant fish

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Oregonians For Food And Shelter As the 2017 Session winds towards Sine Die, we’re finally seeing some concrete proposals on transportation, tax increases and cost savings. These were the three major issues that the Governor and legislative leaders pointed to at the beginning of the Session, but until this week, there

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  Plusses and Minuses for Agriculture with Border Adjustability Tax Via Farm Bureau A relatively new proposal for a tax system that imposes taxes where a good or service is consumed rather than where it is produced could be a mixed bag for farmers and ranchers. Under the system, known as the border adjustability tax,

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