January 31, 2012 - NOAA expands turtle habitat designations on West Coast

NOAA rule designates add’l critical habitat for leatherbacks on U.S. west coast By Pacific Fishery Management Council NOAA announced the designation of additional critical habitat to provide protection for endangered leatherback sea turtles along the U.S. West Coast. NOAA is designating 41,914 square miles of marine habitat in the Pacific […]

January 31, 2012 - New Director hired for Oregonians for Food and Shelter

New Director hired for Oregonians for Food and Shelter BY Oregonians for Food and Shelter Please join us in welcoming Scott Dahlman as OFS’s new Executive Director! Scott is the former public policy analyst and national affairs coordinator for the Washington Farm Bureau, Scott will be a great addition to […]

January 30, 2012 - Yahoo backlash over declaring Ag degrees useless

Community Mobilizes After Yahoo Declares Ag Degrees Useless By National Assoc. Wheat Growers Those who believe agriculture isn’t a serious academic subject and farmers are an uneducated lot may be enticed to expand their views based on the farm community’s reaction to a Jan. 19 article declaring agriculture degrees “useless.” […]

January 28, 2012 - Oregon Ag Education scholarships now available

Scholarships available through Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation By Oregon Farm Bureau The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce that applications are available for two scholarship programs for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarships (OFBMS) with 10-12 awards annually are open to any Oregon […]

January 28, 2012 - Oregon sets spring chinook, sturgeon seasons

States set spring chinook, sturgeon seasons By Oregon Dept. Fish & Wildlife Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring chinook salmon and sturgeon retention fishing seasons for the Columbia River today during a joint state hearing. The Columbia River spring chinook seasons are based on a forecast of 314,000 […]

January 27, 2012 - Ag rates Obama’s State of the Union speech

American Farm Bureau Federation NewsLine The president set out his 2012 agenda in his State of the Union address. American Farm Bureau Director of Public Policy explains where agriculture fit into that agenda in this report from AFBF’s Johnna Miller Miller: American Farm Bureau Director of Public Policy Mark Maslyn […]

January 26, 2012 - Timber industry files lawsuit against murrelet designation

Timber industry challenges marbled murrelet habitat designation — Claims Fish and Wildlife Service violating Endangered Species Act By American Forest Resource Council The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) brought suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) claiming the agency violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it designated […]

January 25, 2012 - USDA to close 260 offices, many in Oregon

Oregon Farm Bureau The U.S. Agriculture Department announced it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide in an effort to save dollars. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the goal was to save $150 million a year in the agency’s $145 billion budget. About $90 million had already been saved by reducing […]

January 24, 2012 - A gold rush in Eastern Oregon?

By Oregon Small Business Association The Corvallis Gazette Times reports that  three miles north of Nevada in Eastern Oregon lies fabulous wealth, in the form of an estimated 425,000 ounces of gold. Close to the gold deposit is another of uranium, which Oregon Energy Corp. hopes to mine over the […]

January 23, 2012 - BLM issues final payments to 18 counties

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it has issued payment to 18 counties in western Oregon eligible under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension, (Public Law 110-343). The amount paid to the Oregon & California (O&C) counties was $ 40,037,160.