January 31, 2011 - China boosting Oregon lumber, logs

By Rick Sohn, Umpqua COquille LLC Strength continues in lumber and log prices. Building permits took a large jump. See below for details and a six-year span of prices and analysis of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage stats.

January 30, 2011 - DEQ considers Graywater use expansion

Proposed New State Rules Allow Expanded Use of “Graywater” and Water Reuse Systems in Oregon — DEQ seeks comments on proposal through Friday, March 11 Dept. of Environmental Quality As Oregon sees increasing demand on the state’s limited water resources, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing new rules […]

January 29, 2011 - Congressman Schrader to speak at OSU Farm Conference

Registration opens for OSU’s Feb. 26 farm conference (01/19/2011), U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, veterinarian, farmer and member of the House Committee on Agriculture, will deliver the capnote address at the Feb. 26th conference. CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service has opened registration for its 11th annual Oregon […]

January 28, 2011 - The politics of water

By Erik L. Ness American Farm Bureau Federation Politics have been part of irrigated agriculture since the first Sumerian ditch bosses controlled the waters of Mesopotamia. The importance of irrigation can be seen throughout the history of mankind as farmers and engineers worked to provide reliable water resources for food […]

January 27, 2011 - Washington farmers fight Worker’s Compensation rate change

Washington Farm Bureau Comments on Proposed 2011 Workers’ Compensation Rates Dear Director Schurke: By Washington Farm Bureau Comments:  On behalf of farmers and ranchers across Washington state and our more than 40,000 member families, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to submit comments regarding the proposed increase […]

January 26, 2011 - Capitol Review: 2011 Property Rights Bill

Watch Out For These Issues In The 2011 Legislature By Oregonians In Action As many of you know, the Oregon legislature will meet again starting in January, 2011. Oregon property owners need to keep a very close eye on Salem, as efforts will be made to pass new laws that […]

January 25, 2011 - Oregon Ag on alert on Asia FTM disease

Global travelers warned not to bring back pests and diseases By Oregon Depart of Agriculture, Be aware of where you are traveling and beware what you might bring back to Oregon. That’s the bottom line message from agriculture officials to international travelers who may provide a conveyance for pests and […]

January 24, 2011 - Wolf policy creates ruin across ranches

Living with Wolves and No Right of Protection by Karla Kay Edwards Oregon Cascade Policy Institute Imagine one day you were told that by law you no longer can lock your home. As you leave your house, two suspicious people are sitting on your front porch. So you get your […]

January 23, 2011 - Girl Scouts jump anti-agriculture bandwagon

National Corn Growers Association By Cathryn As Girl Scout cookie sale season launches across the country, the organization is taking back to the streets with a message that leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of agvocates as they take their formerly internal anti-ag messages to our doorsteps. Last summer, […]

January 22, 2011 - Obama Rejects Public Lands Grazing Fee Hike

Administration Denies Petitions to Raise Public Lands Grazing Fee By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2011) – The Obama Administration issued final responses this week denying petitions to increase the grazing fee on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service (USFS) grazing allotments. The decision […]