June 29, 2011 - Feds pay landowners to open land to hunting

New program pays Columbia Basin landowners for allowing public hunting access By Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife SALEM, Ore. — Columbia Basin landowners with good upland bird habitat on their properties can earn some additional income by providing public hunting access, thanks to ODFW’s new Oregon Open Fields program. […]

June 29, 2011 - Lawsuit filed to restore local timber harvesting

Lawsuit Seeks Sustainable Timber Harvest on O&C Lands — Companies ask Court to remedy federal agency inaction By American Forest Research Council PORTLAND, OR—Frustration over the failure of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to follow the law has lead the forest products industry to once […]

June 28, 2011 - Farm-to-school bill before Governor

Farm to School bill on the way to Governor — HB 2800 received unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate By Oregon Senate Majority Office Release SALEM – The Senate unanimously approved a “Farm-to-school” bill this morning, allowing more Oregon school to participate in programs that provide local healthy food options […]

June 27, 2011 - Walden biomass issue featured in Politico

Sprucing up our energy supply By Rep. Greg Walden As featured in Politico What’s green, grows on trees, creates jobs and supports healthier forests in rural America? Answer: woody biomass. If you were enraptured with the cap-and-trade debates in the House Energy and Commerce Committee two years ago, you’re likely […]

June 26, 2011 - Food police and farmers

When Did Food Become So Complicated? Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation Sustainability. Organic. Biotech. Big Ag. Local. Pure. These are just a few labels being tossed around freely to discuss something that I’ve always thought of as a pretty simple and straight-forward concept: Eating.  There is no doubt […]

June 25, 2011 - Congress hears ideas to make farms more efficient

Grower Testifies on Making Farm Programs More Efficient By National Association of Wheat Growers Producers’ experiences with USDA’s local offices working to deliver farm and conservation programs can be dramatically improved by streamlining programs and using more Internet and cell phone communication, Washington state wheat farmer Brett Blankenship testified to […]

June 24, 2011 - 2010 Oregon timber harvest rebounds from record low

2010 Oregon timber harvest rebounds from record low By Oregon Dept. of Forestry Although Oregon’s forest products industries are still struggling, a glimmer of hope appeared with increased timber harvesting in 2010. Overcoming a weak housing market and tightened lending standards, the 2010 harvest hit 3.2 billion board feet, a […]

June 23, 2011 - Farmers ready to fight E-Verify bill

By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau Federation Unless it contains a viable program for agriculture, farm groups say they are prepared to oppose legislation introduced in Congress last week that would require all U.S. employers to check work authorizations against the federal database known as E-Verify. The Legal Workforce Act, […]

June 21, 2011 - Agreement reached on Wolf Bill

Legislature & Stakeholders Agree On Wolf Compensation Bill By Oregon Farm Bureau Legislative Leadership moved HB 3650 to the Full Ways & Means Committee. HB 3650 was carefully negotiated by Farm Bureau, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Defenders of Wildlife and the Governor’s Office. The Legislation creates a wolf compensation fund at […]

June 20, 2011 - Senator: New water rules are extreme and impossible

EQC adopts Administrative Rules for Water Quality Standards in Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett Thursday in Pendleton, TAPS were played for the future of Oregon’s natural resources based economy, and the private sector jobs they sustain. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) adopted, by Administrative Rule, new Oregon water quality standards […]