August 31, 2009 - Walden-Schrader team press for forest and rural job help

Bipartisan team says action needed now for healthier forests and job creation in rural America Congressman Greg Walden and Congressman Kurt Schrader In recession-hit rural forested communities, forest stewardship yields self-reliance and sustainable renewable energy WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan team of House members announced this morning their plan to […]

August 30, 2009 - First Climate Friendly Nurseries project launched in Oregon

Partnership between Oregon Environmental Council and Oregon Association of Nurseries creates sustainable model for Oregon agriculture Oregon Association of Nurseries, PORTLAND, Ore.—August 20, 2009—The Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Oregon Environmental Council today announced the launch of a unique sustainability project for Oregon’s largest agricultural commodity – the ornamental […]

August 29, 2009 - Ethanol faces challenges ahead

New technologies, supporting infrastructures, and greater demand will be needed to meet the country’s ambitious mandate to increase biofuel use. By Amber Waves, USDA – Constraints to future growth of the ethanol industry will present challenges to meeting the ambitious mandates for expanded biofuel use set forth in the Energy […]

August 28, 2009 - Ag coalition forms around Oregon tax referendum

Oregon Farm Bureau Federation joins Oregon tax referendum petition campaign By Guest Submission, The Oregon Farm Bureau Federation has joined a broad-based coalition of business, natural resource and community groups and formed Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes to circulate petitions and collect signatures needed to place two tax measures on the […]

August 27, 2009 - Media misuse of swine label has devastated the pork industry

By Chris Chinn Guest article from Farm Bureau Call it H1N1, please. The last week of April 2009 will be a week hog farmers will never forget. The week changed our lives and not in a positive way.  The last week of April is when the H1N1 flu outbreak became […]

August 27, 2009 - 30 speakers primed for ODFW fish conference

– How do scientists predict the number of salmon that will return from the ocean next year? – What are the ramifications of wave energy development off the Oregon coast? – Why are urban centers so important to the future of Oregon’s salmon, trout and steelhead? Oregon Dept. Fish and […]

August 26, 2009 - Irrigation projects get stimulus money

By Natural Resource Report, More stimulus money in the form of Challenge Grants, administered by the Bureau of Reclamation is flowing Oregon’s way after two irrigation projects were recently approved for funding. In a press release announcing the grants the Department of the Interior said, “Through the Challenge Grant Program’s […]

August 26, 2009 - Conversion of forests and farms to development slows overall

Conversion of forests, farms, and rangeland to development slows overall; Oregon Department of Forestry Despite population and income growth over the past 15 years, the conversion of non-federal forestland, farmland, and rangeland to more developed uses in Oregon overall has continued to decrease, according to a new study. Development of […]

August 25, 2009 - Lumber prices, housing starts, building permits fall

By Rick Sohn, Umpqua Coquille LLC August 24, 2009 Lumber prices, housing starts and building permits fell slightly this month, signaling the reality of a longer, slower recovery in the wood products sector.  One bright spot is the continued decline of the unsold home inventory.  The 30-year fixed rate mortgage […]

August 25, 2009 - Survey show Oregon farmers near top in usage

By Oregon Department of Agriculture, An early adopter of high technology, Oregon’s farming and ranching community remains among the national leaders in the usage of computers as part of their operations. Results of a recent survey indicate that computers are just as important to most Oregon agricultural producers as the […]