June 30, 2009 - Oregon receiving 16 million in energy stimulus funds

The U.S. Department of Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, announced Friday that, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and West Virginia were getting more than $96 million in Recovery Act Funding.  Oregon’s share is $16.8 million and will be used to fund energy efficiency improvements, develop renewable energy resources and ensure environmental protection through […]

June 30, 2009 - Hoop house bill passes House, Senate

Oregon Association of Nurseries Daily Digger Blog Yesterday we told you that House Bill 2904 (HTML|PDF) passed the Oregon Senate. Today we can report that it passed the Oregon House by a 59-0 vote. The bill blocks a move by the Oregon Department of Revenue to treat hoop houses as […]

June 29, 2009 - Governor Kulongoski to Sign Tractor Safety Bill into Law

By Oregon Farm Bureau, In rural communities all across the state, tractors and farm equipment traveling along the roadway are a common sight, particularly during summer harvest months. It is legal for farmers to drive their equipment on public roads, and both farmers and other drivers must take proper precautions […]

June 28, 2009 - BEPA Should Reevaluate Science of Climate Change Finding

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2009) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and an informal coalition of companies and trade associations representing U.S. energy and mining sectors submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today regarding a recent EPA proposal to find that human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are an […]

June 27, 2009 - Farm Bureau presses against Climate Change Bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation.  WASHINGTON, D.C., – The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging all members of the House to vote “no” on a sweeping climate change bill that is scheduled for a floor vote on Friday and is asking them to vote “yes” on an amendment authored by […]

June 26, 2009 - HB 2414 overturns election history

Highlights from an OFS Legislative Alert Oregonians for Food and Shelter In the 11th hour of the of Legislative Session, the Oregon Legislature has gutted-and-stuffed House Bill 2414 to overturn Oregon’s election history and sew confusion for Oregon voting on referrals. Under the new language of the bill, initiatives on […]

June 26, 2009 - State seeking landowners help in locating beavers

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:   ROSEBURG, Ore. – For a limited time, Douglas County residents with a problem beaver on their property can contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife which will trap and relocate the animal as part of a scientific study. In the wrong place, […]

June 25, 2009 - Good news for housing starts, permits, logs and studs

Timber Industry Report June 21 By Rick Sohn, Umpqua Coquille LLC US housing starts and permits recovered from record lows.  Logs have stopped their 8-month slide, and studs have stabilized.  This is good news, relatively speaking.  See the 3-year price comparisons for lumber, logs, housing starts, permits, and unsold home […]

June 24, 2009 - Cattlemen Update: Water, taxes, climate change

Oregon Cattlemen Association Legislative Update 06-19-09 HB 3369: Funding for Umatilla water development projects. This legislation was originally intended to provide lottery bond financing for grants for water supply projects and to establish Agriculture and Community Water Supply Grant Funds with continuous appropriations to Water Resources Department for the grant […]

June 24, 2009 - BLM Caution: Fire Danger Will Increase in the Future

From Bureau of Land Management, VALE, OREGON- June 19, 2009. The Vale District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is urging users and neighbors of public lands to be aware of increasing fire danger. Heavy spring rains have produced abundant grasses. Even though the rains have continued in recent days, it […]