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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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By Rick Sohn Ph.d Umpqua CoquilleLLC Markets are rebounding in the wake of serious hurricane and fire seasons. Product prices are up, while log prices have fallen slightly. Housing remains stable as inventories and mortgage rates drop slightly and home value continues to rise nationally. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home

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The Nation’s Wheat Growers Take on Capitol Hill to Talk Farm Bill National Association of  Wheat Growers Visiting almost all House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members and their offices, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) concluded its annual policy Fly-in today. From September 26-27, 2017, NAWG hosted

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By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation Much of Southern Oregon sits at the northern tip of the Emerald Triangle, one of the nation’s best marijuana growing regions. The climate is ideal for growing cannabis. The growing season extends into fall and the long warm summers bring little or no rain. Oregon produces su

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By Oregonians for Food and Shelter Thursday brought a great victory for Oregon agriculture as the Oregon Court of Appeals confirmed the lower court opinion on the Josephine County GMO ban initiative. The GMO ban, passed in May of 2014, was beginning to be implemented by the County in June of 2015 when Josephine County [R

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OSU leads the whey in NW dairy sciences By: Chris Branam Oregon Extension Services  The digital readout on the walk-in cooler displays 43 degrees as Lisbeth Goddik pulls open the door and steps inside. Inside the dim, narrow room—Oregon State University’s equivalent to a European cheese cave—are vacuum-wrapped cheese

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USDA Makes Disaster Resources Available to Rural Development Borrowers By  United States Department of Agriculture The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development is providing tools and resources to help rural communities recover from the devastation brought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Agriculture Secreta

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Oregon Members Push for Emergency Wildfire Suppression Assistance Congressman Peter DeFazio Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), along with Reps. Greg Walden (OR-02), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today sent a second letter to House leaders and the House Appropriations Committee request

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Guest opinion submitted by Knute Buehler Oregon State Representative and 2018 Governor candidate This summer’s wildfire season has traumatized Oregonians across our state with more than 500,000 acres burned, so far, this summer. Families have lost homes and livelihoods. The special places where we hike, bike and camp are

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Farm Bureau Urges Lawmakers to Stop the HIT for 2018 Via Farm Bureau Citing a recent report that estimates the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax will force families purchasing coverage in the small group market to pay an additional $500 on average in premium costs next year, the American Farm Bureau Federation an

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A New Milky Way? Molecules in milk could enhance human health By: Chris Branam Oregon State University Extension Service  A goat can eat poison oak with impunity. Could that immunity transfer to a person by drinking that goat’s milk? That’s the question that drove an interdisciplinary research team at Oregon State Univ

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Ag exemption for cellphone use while driving ends on Oct. 1 Via Oregon Farm Bureau  There’s a national movement to crack down on distracted driving, specifically driving while using a cellphone. This spring, Washington state legislators passed one of the most restrictive distracted driving laws in the country. And Oregon

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Farmers and Ranchers Need to Deliver Strong Tax Reform Message To Congress Via American Farm Bureau Republican congressional leaders, just returning from their month-long August recess, are geared up to revamp and modernize the tax code, making it all the more urgent for farmers and ranchers to share their tax reform priori

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Via Healthy Forest Healthy Communities Congressman Greg Walden represents Oregon’s second congressional district. He penned the following open letter to his district: Enough is enough. When Cycle Oregon and performances at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland get canceled because of fires and the toxic smoke, it’s long p

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Farm Bureau Calls on EPA to Up the Advanced Biofuels Requirement for 2018 Via Farm Bureau The American Farm Bureau Federation is giving the Environmental Protection Agency a thumbs-up for its proposal to keep the 2018 conventional biofuels level at 15 billion gallons, as called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard. At the sam

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By Caleb Robyler Oregon is a major leader in renewable fuel production. Our biofuel facilities support thousands of jobs, helping produce cleaner fuels from agricultural feedstocks. Ethanol also supplies a full 10 percent of America’s motor fuel needs and cuts carbon emissions by an average of 43 percent, according to res

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Harl Burre Wolf Pack: Incremental Lethal Take Decision After Depredations On Cattle Via Oregon Cattlemen’s Association A series of wolf depredations on cattle in Wallowa County has finally come to a head with the decision for an incremental lethal take on the Harl Butte Wolf Pack. There have been seven confirmed dead

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Forest Policy Briefs Update on Current Policy News Affecting Forest Business & Timber Supply By Rex Storm Oregon Loggers Association  Governors Want National Forest Reform: Pointing to ‘significant dissatisfaction’ with national forest management, the Western Governors’ Association on June 28th approved a resolut

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Incubators Help Beginning Farmers Break into Farming Without Breaking the Bank By Dr. Lisa Benson Via Farm Bureau Starting a new farm often requires large capital investments to purchase or rent farmland, access farm equipment and set up storage facilities. Beginning farmers can expect to invest more than $800,000 in their

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2017 Oregon Century, Sesquicentennial Farms & Ranches Announced Via Oregon Farm Bureau    At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch. The 2017 ceremony will be held on Saturday

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Proper forest road construction helps keep streams healthy, according to study By Chris Branam Oregon State Extension Services  Researchers measure the degree of hydrological connectivity of an unpaved road. Photo courtesy Ivan Arsimendi. Logging roads in the uplands of the northern Oregon Coast Range aren’t sending enou

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Multitude of Factors Impact US-Australia Competition in Japan Via Farm Bureau In the wake of the Japanese safeguard tariff on U.S. frozen beef, discussions have focused on the relative change in tariff values that impact frozen beef. For those of you who may have missed it, Japan, beginning on August 1 temporarily increased

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke “Glad to be Back in Oregon” for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Review By Oregon Cattlemen Association Southern Ore., – 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

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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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