June 30, 2010 - Study Confirms Trade Agreements Lift U.S. Farm Exports

Study Confirms Trade Agreements Lift U.S. Farm Exports, More Progress is Needed U.S. Wheat Associates Press Release ARLINGTON, Virginia — The results of a comprehensive new study show that bilateral and multilateral trade agreements directly increase U.S. agricultural exports, farm gate prices, and job growth, yet the United States risks […]

June 29, 2010 - Lumber takes 30% plunge

Timber Industry Report By Rick Sohn, Umpqua Coquille LLC What goes up, comes down, much to everyone’s disappointment, but to no one’s surprise.  Our lumber price is in a free fall, and mills have cut back temporarily shut down. See five-year-span price analysis of lumber, logs, housing starts, permits, unsold […]

June 28, 2010 - Oregon Caves & Devil’s Staircase Bills Advance

Oregon Caves and Devil’s Staircase Protection Bills Pass Energy Committee By U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Bills Sponsored by Wyden and Merkley Will Protect Thousands of Acres of Wilderness and Expand Monument’s Boundaries Washington, D.C. – Marking another milestone in the fight to protect Oregon’s natural resources for future generations, U.S. […]

June 27, 2010 - Western Pulp’s Products Validated as Sustainable

The company proves credibility and integrity through SCS certification By Western Pulp Products CORVALLIS, Ore., 1 June 2010 – Western Pulp Products (WPP) headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon has chosen to recertify their products through the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for the third year in a row. WPP’s products have been […]

June 26, 2010 - DEQ Greenhouse Gas Group seeks input on trucks

Truck Efficiency and Reduced Idling Study Group to host third meeting June 29 By Department of Environmental Quality What:  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality commissioned the Truck Efficiency and Reduced Idling Study Group to advise on efforts to research and develop recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in medium- […]

June 25, 2010 - Washington Gov. signs food reporting order

Good Food Coalition Applauds Governor’s Executive Order as Good Step Forward Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network SEATTLE, WA – A coalition of farmers, children’s health advocates, environmentalists, and anti-hunger advocates applauded the Executive Order issued today by Governor Gregoire at the Food Systems Strategies Summit. Executive Order 10-02 brings […]

June 24, 2010 - Gold rush has Ag Dept. monitoring local gold merchants

ODA inspectors monitor gold buyers and their scales Oregon Department of Agriculture The price of gold hovers at about $1,200 an ounce, the US dollar is weak, and the economic downturn is prompting many Americans to find ways of making some cash. As a result, more people- including a number […]

June 23, 2010 - Activists Petition EPA for One Mile Aerial Pesticide Buffer

By Oregonians For Food and Shelter, Public comments due to EPA by 6/28/2010 8:59 A.M.  PDT The “Pitchfork Rebellion” and “Pesticide Poisoning Victims United,” activist groups from rural Lane County lead by Day Owen (A.K.A. Abba Nazariah) under the umbrella of the Oregon Toxics Alliance in Eugene, have successfully petitioned […]

June 21, 2010 - Tax extenders bill hung up in Senate

By American Farm Bureau Federation Senators continue to haggle over amendments to the House passed American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R. 4213), which would extend a number of expired tax credits and provide disaster aid to farmers and ranchers. While much of the bill is expected to go […]

June 20, 2010 - Azalea bark scale showing up in lower Willamette Valley

By  Judy Scott Oregon State University Extension Office photo by Robin Rosetta CORVALLIS, Ore. – A destructive insect called azalea bark scale has been found this spring on azaleas, rhododendrons and Japanese andromeda in Corvallis and Eugene. “We notice damage when the leaves of plants turn black from the scale […]