December 31, 2011 - Omnibus bill contains vital grazing, environmental provisions

Livestock Groups Hail Passage of Omnibus Spending Package — PLC, NCBA Urge President to Sign Bill Including Critical Grazing, Environmental Provisions By  National Cattlemen’s Beef Association A $915 billion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September 2012 passed Congress. Dustin Van Liew, Public Lands Council (PLC) executive […]

December 30, 2011 - Two reports forecast estate tax trouble ahead

A Storm of Estate Taxes Threatens Farm Country By Lynne Finnerty By American Farm Bureau Federation Two recent news reports contained troubling year-end news for farm families. Farmland values are booming. Minnesota farmland prices are nearly 30 percent higher than a year ago, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

December 28, 2011 - Report looks at Oregon farm value

By Oregon Department of Agriculture Oregon farm land has long-term value that includes economic, environmental, and societal benefits that transcend short-term gains from developing or converting those lands. That’s one of many conclusions offered by an Oregon Department of Agriculture report examining the costs of taking agricultural lands out of […]

December 27, 2011 - Gov. Kitzhaber’s mixed messages on our forests

Forest Policy Briefs by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers, Governor’s Mixed Message: Something of a rare event, Gov. John Kitzhaber addressed Oregon’s Board of Forestry at its November meeting, delivering a rambling speech of conflicting platitudes. On one hand, the Gov. suggested re-examining state forest harvest to […]

December 26, 2011 - Winter season farmers markets rise 12%

Consumers cozy up to winter farmers markets By California Farm Bureau While tree fruit growers are counting the chill hours, the nip in the air isn’t cooling Americans’ appetite for locally grown produce, according to a US Agriculture Department report on winter farmers markets. California has seen a 12 percent […]

December 23, 2011 - Farmers alerted on New Farm Bill problems

Farmers Have Big Concerns About New Farm Bill By American Farm Bureau Federation   Hearings for the new farm bill start in just a few weeks. American Farm Bureau Farm Policy Specialist Mary Kay Thatcher says a big debate will be about the farm safety net. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports. […]

December 22, 2011 - Imnaha wolf pack strikes again — 19th victim

Another cow killed by the Imnaha wolf pack By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, UPDATE: On Dec. 14, ODFW confirmed another livestock depredation by Imnaha pack wolves. It was an adult cow found Tuesday morning on the same property as the depredation discussed in this news release. The cow […]

December 21, 2011 - Wolf compensation program nears completion

ODA sets up grant program for counties to help ranchers By Oregon Dept. of Agriculture The return of the gray wolf to Oregon has already resulted in conflicts between the predatory animal and livestock, leading to past, present, and future losses for Oregon ranchers. This past session, the Oregon Legislature […]