October 31, 2011 - Christmas Trees & the tariff crossfires

Why Christmas trees were caught in the crossfire By Kurt Kipp, Daily Digger, Association of Oregon Nurseries Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Read, international trade reporter at The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.), takes a look at the possible causes and the impact of the recently resolved U.S.-Mexico trucking dispute, which resulted in […]

October 30, 2011 - Mexico Lifts 20% Tariff on California Wine

Mexico Lifts 20 Percent Tariff on California Wine By The Wine Institute SAN FRANCISCO – Mexico eliminated retaliatory tariffs on 99 U.S. products, including a 20 percent tariff on U.S. wines, following U.S. approval of a Mexican trucking company’s permit to cross into the U.S. U.S. wine exports to Mexico […]

October 29, 2011 - Oregon bats may be endangered

Oregon’s bats are in trouble By Oregon Department of Fish And Wildlife SALEM, Ore.—While black bats are winging their way to center stage on Halloween decorations and greeting cards, Oregon’s real bats aren’t doing so well: disease and habitat loss are threatening their survival. In fact, eight of Oregon’s 15 […]

October 28, 2011 - Local Food Bill aims to be included in Farm Bill

Local and Regional Food Bill Prepared for Inclusion in New Farm Bill National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Washington, D.C. October 27, 2011 – Today Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine announced that next week they will introduce the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, a comprehensive […]

October 27, 2011 - Gypsy moth vanish. Breaks Oregon record. — New beetle threat looms

Traps yield zero gypsy moths but 34 Japanese beetles By Oregon Department of Agriculture For Oregon, it’s all quiet on the gypsy moth front. For the first time since wide-scale trapping began back in the 1980s, not a single gypsy moth was detected this summer. Last year, only one gypsy […]

October 26, 2011 - New wolf pack activty in NE Oregon area

New wolf pack in Snake River Unit; Walla Walla wolf collared Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Photo courtesy of ODFW- LA GRANDE, Ore.—A new wolf pack is using the Snake River wildlife management unit of northeast Oregon, which borders Idaho and includes the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and […]

October 25, 2011 - Court ruling puts 50 million forest acres backwards to old rules

American Forest Resource Council PORTLAND, OR – The Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Wyoming Federal District Court Judge Clarence Bremmer’s 2007 ruling that the 2001 Clinton Roadless Rule was illegal. The ruling sets the stage for implementation of that Rule. The impact of today’s ruling means that over […]

October 24, 2011 - Washignton Ag value 2nd highest on record

Washington’s 2010 Agricultural Value Second Highest on Record Washington Farm Bureau October 17, 2011 – 3:14pm The value of Washington’s 2010 agricultural production reached $8.25 billion (including government payments), 13 percent above the 2009 revised figure of $7.30 billion. This is the second highest value on record-second only to 2007’s […]

October 23, 2011 - EPA backs off dust rule

— Groups Still Support Legislation to Prevent Future Threats By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association WASHINGTON – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) welcomed news from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson that the decision has been made to retain the current coarse particulate […]

October 22, 2011 - Food fear lobby and World Food Day

Rethinking Food Day Priorities By Ken Corn Commentary National Corn Growers Association On Oct. 16, the U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization did what it always does on its birthday, celebrate World Food Day by calling attention to the problem of world hunger. This year, it was marked in 150 countries […]