May 31, 2010 - Western Wind and Solar Integration Study released

By Julia Pettit Stoel Rives LLP, Attorneys at Law The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (“NREL”) recently announced the release of the “Western Wind and Solar Integration Study” (the “WWSIS”), which investigated the operational impact of up to 35% energy penetration of wind, photovoltaic, and concentrating solar power on the power system […]

May 30, 2010 - Oregon Renewable Energy Trends

By Oregon Employment Department Oregon’s Renewable Energy Production and Generation Sector – as identified by the Oregon Green Jobs Council – includes firms that produce renewable energy from solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, wave, bioenergy, small-hydro, and biofuels technologies. In fact, more than 200 firms throughout Oregon produce renewable energy. Many […]

May 29, 2010 - New and improved Oregon Hunting Map

By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, SALEM, Ore.—A new and improved version of Oregon’s Hunting Map is now available online at The interactive Google™ map has added functionalities including: Boundaries for Access and Habitat areas, wildlife areas, travel management areas, regulated hunt areas, national wildlife refuges, state parks […]

May 28, 2010 - 2nd highest export level in history forecasted

Statement From Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack On USDA Forecast For Second-Highest Export Level In History By U.S. Dept. of Agriculture WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement on the most recent U.S. Agricultural Trade Outlook Forecast for fiscal year 2010: “Today’s strong economic […]

May 27, 2010 - Oregon AG making magic out of manure

Oregon animal industries look to turn waste into a resource By Oregon Department of Agriculture It’s not exactly the fairy tale theme of turning straw into gold, but Oregon livestock operators are generally succeeding in turning animal manure into something beneficial. From utilizing the nutrients found in animal waste as […]

May 26, 2010 - Farm-Ranch Tax Bill before Congress

AFBF Backs Bill With Vital Farm and Ranch Tax Provisions By American Farm Bureau Federation WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2010 – The House is expected to vote soon on legislation that includes a number of tax provisions vital to farmers and rural America. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging […]

May 25, 2010 - Immigration reform challenges escalate

By Curt Kipp Oregon Association of Nurseries For quite some time, the nursery industry has been at the forefront of the push for comprehensive federal immigration reform. This means enforcing the law to secure U.S. borders, providing a dependable labor source for industries that need it, and setting up a […]

May 24, 2010 - Wyden: Green Goods Trade Vastly Overestimated

Senator Urges USTR to Hone Reporting Standards to Improve Negotiations By Senator Ron Wyden Washington, D.C. – Continuing his drive to make exports of environmentally friendly goods a spark that will ignite America’s economic recovery, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released a follow-up report to his December 2009 trade […]

May 23, 2010 - Congress nears deadline on tax extensions

Countdown is on for tax extenders legislation By American Farm Bureau Federation, Up against a self-imposed deadline of Memorial Day, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (DMich.) is putting together a package of tax credit extensions he expects will quickly be passed by both the House and Senate. […]

May 22, 2010 - Wild Birds Shun Organic Food

Natural Resource News Note: Sometimes you wonder where the idea of certain studies comes from.    The latest study on organic food comes from Britain.  Health Day News reports. HealthDay News — You may think organic food is always better for you, but a new British study finds that wild birds […]