December 31, 2009 - Is Oregon’s Water Policy Headed Down the Drain?

by Karla Kay Edwards Cascade Policy Institute, Water is the lifeblood of the Oregon economy. Whether it’s the water that turns the turbines to generate clean and cheap energy, acts as the essential nutrient for agricultural commodities, or provides a multitude of recreational opportunities and environmental essentials, water is needed […]

December 30, 2009 - EPA issues Endangerment and Cause-or-Contribute findings

by Dennis Westlind Stoel Rives LLP, Attorneys at Law The EPA announced its long awaited “endangerment” and “cause or contribute” findings in relation to six key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. While technically this announcement is of limited significance (applying only to […]

December 28, 2009 - Congress pushes key Ag issues into 2010

Congress Pushes to the Finish, Pushes Off Some Key Issues National Association of Wheat Growers One Chamber of Congress rushed to get home last week, ultimately leaving a number of major issues undone and tough choices for the new legislative session next year. Surprising many, the House adjourned Wednesday without […]

December 27, 2009 - Farm Bureau on Fox News over Clean Water Restoration Act

AFBF speaks on Fox News re: Clean Water Restoration Act American Farm Bureau Federation, Support local Oregon farm Bureau here How passage of the Clean Water Restoration Act would affect farmers and ranchers was the subject of a Fox News broadcast story on Sunday. Don Parrish, water expert with the […]

December 26, 2009 - ODFW finds popular salmon bait cure harmful to fish

Tests show some cured eggs killed juvenile salmon and steelhead By Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, SALEM, Ore. – A recent study by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirms some commercially-available cured fish eggs – a popular salmon and steelhead bait – are harmful to juvenile salmon […]

December 24, 2009 - Oregon Representative Jean Cowan calls NOAA threats an abuse of power

Oregon State Representative Jean Cowan calls Senator Maria Cantwell’s threats for hearings an “abuse of power,” comments “disrespectful” Release by Oregon State Representative Jean Cowan, NEWPORT – State Rep. Jean Cowan (D-Newport) responded to a press release from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) today, calling Cantwell’s comments “disrespectful” towards Newport, Ore. […]

December 23, 2009 - Oregon still among national leaders in irrigation usage

By Oregon Department of Agriculture, The perception and reality that Oregon is generally a wet and soggy state seems at odds with the fact that the state’s agriculture relies heavily on irrigation. But the results of a national farm and ranch irrigation survey confirm that Oregon is one of the […]