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From Wall Street Journal Editorial 9-2-14 Some rare good news from the Obama -era regulatory wars: Those two Oregon blueberry growers who took on the U.S. Labor Department in a now-famous “hot goods” dispute are winning in court. Earlier this year we told the story of Pan-American Berry Growers, B&G Ditchen

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By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association One thing was evident during a May tour the representatives of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association took of the Prairie and Little Sheep Creek watershed in Enterprise with water quality program officials from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Environmen

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American Farm Bureau Federation The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday. The EPA surprised the farming and ranching community in early 2013 wh

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By American Forest Resource Council Oregon’s Timber Industry Won’t Be “Isolated” by Sen. Ron Wyden’s Rhetoric Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, responding to recent comments he has made in relation to legislation he has introduced to dramatically

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Following a slowdown in that extended from the summer of 2012 through fall 2013, Oregon exports are now growing again. In dollar value, Oregon’s exports in the past 12 months are now just 2.5 percent below their all-time peak reached back in the summer of 2008 […

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National Corn Grower’s Association With only one percent of the population still farming, it can seem politically expedient to propose faux-fixes to odd or unique problems that impact the farming minority.  The Washington Post joined in the fracas with a piece on intersex fish. The story, heavy with aqua-explicit imagery

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By Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon farmers cut out the middle man Latest statistics show Oregon among national leaders in farm direct sales & CSAs Whether it is selling at farmers’ markets and roadside stands or marketing through community supported agriculture (CSAs), Oregon producers are more likely than th

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By Oregon State University Extension  Office (Photo by Steve Strauss.) Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber In a collaboration spanning five continents, scientists have announced the complete sequencing of one of the world’s most widely planted trees, Eucalyptus grandis. Used for fuel and ti

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association - Proposed Water Rule will Throw 80,000 Missouri Stream Miles Under Regulatory Bus States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of E

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By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries State officials find no evidence linking dead bees to pesticides A laboratory analysis of dead honeybee samples taken from hives in Clackamas County this summer showed no detection of pesticides, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Officials said that other fact

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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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