March 31, 2011 - America tops world in wine drinking

Record High 2010 Wine Shipments Make U.S. the World’s Largest Wine-Consuming Nation By Wine Institute SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. surpassed France as the world’s largest wine-consuming nation in 2010, with wine shipments to the U.S. from California, other states and foreign producers growing 2% from the previous year to […]

March 30, 2011 - Right to kill wolves before House panel

The right to kill wolves Natural Resource News Note: The wolf issue is expected to take center stage in an Oregon Legislative House Committee that plans to have a hearing on four wolf related bills.    Oregon Cattlemen’s Association President Bill Hoyt,  said to the Associated Press, “It appears that the […]

March 29, 2011 - Forestry group sponsors Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers sponsorship gives forestry messages a boot toward OFRI’s goal By Oregon Forest Resources Institute, PORTLAND, Ore.– This year, there’s an extra kick to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute’s annual educational advertising efforts. OFRI signed on as a limited sponsor of the Portland Timbers for the soccer club’s 2011 […]

March 28, 2011 - Sad, sudden loss: Polk Commissioner Mike Propes

A Sad Goodbye to Mike Propes By Oregonians for Food and Shelter We want to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Polk County Commissioner, Mike Propes. Mike served the citizens of Polk County for several years, his wisdom and expertise will be deeply missed. Services will […]

March 27, 2011 - Senator Coburn ethanol remarks stir controversy

NCGA First Vice President Garry Niemeyer, National Corn Growers Association For years, there has been discontent with ethanol policy and it finally came to a head in the Senate this week with Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma proposing to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit. Now this comes at […]

March 26, 2011 - Vertical Farming is the new solution theory

Who Decides the Future of Farming, Ranching? By Stewart Truelsen American Farm Bureau Federation It seems logical that the future of farming and ranching should be determined in large part by America’s farm and ranch families. Most of us would be quite satisfied because our nation’s farm and ranch families […]

March 25, 2011 - Legislative Update: Wheat Growers League

By Jana Jarvis, Oregon Wheat Grower’s League The carefully crafted bi-partisan power sharing arrangement in the Oregon House of Representatives was severely challenged during the fifth week of the 2011 legislative session. During the budget concerns of the 2009 session business had agreed to a short-term disconnect from the federal […]

March 24, 2011 - Small town takes on Metro

Small town takes on Metro Article Alert: The Portland Tribune reports that the city of Cornelius finds the urban reserves it has been allocated unnaceptable and is going on a push to increase it. Currently, the city has 75 acres of vacant industrial land (110 entire industrial land). As the […]

March 23, 2011 - Oregon delegation unites on county payments

By Congressman Greg Walden, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of Oregon’s House congressional delegation, Reps. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), Kurt Schrader (D-Canby), Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), and David Wu (D-Hillsdale) were joined by 49 of their colleagues today in sending a bipartisan letter to Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan […]

March 22, 2011 - Decline in Housing Permits, Starts

Housing Starts and Permits Stall in February By National Association of Hoembuilders March 16, 2011 – Nationwide housing starts and issuance of permits for new housing construction both posted disappointing declines in February as concerns about a growing number of factors caused builders to pull back on production of new […]