February 29, 2012 - Media mistakes, FEMA reneges, Judges rules for timber damamges

Forest Policy Briefs by Rex Storm Associated Oregon Loggers False Media Reports of Rule Change: Early January’s news media reports erroneously stated that, “…the Oregon Board of Forestry decided to strengthen the state’s logging regulations to better protect water quality in streams. The board voted to revise the state Forest […]

February 28, 2012 - Legislature: Water Bill, Wolf Bill & Farm Tax Credit

Legislative Update: Water Bill, Wolf Bill & Farm Tax Credit By Oregon Farm Bureau Water is for fighting……..Oregon Farm Bureau entered the February session with one mission: to promote policies that directly relate to economic growth in the natural resources sector. We are disappointed with inability to agree on policies […]

February 27, 2012 - Bill increases timber harvest 60% to 85%

Create jobs by increasing state timber harvests Rep. Sal Esquivel Press Release Oregon’s most abundant resource, timber, is being underutilized. This lack of productivity has hurt Oregon’s economy and our rural communities. The federal government owns 60 percent of Oregon’s forest land, and many in Southern Oregon understand that Washington […]

February 26, 2012 - Bill Gates: Digital revolution to change food, farming & cure hunger

Corn Commentary National Corn Growers Association Bill Gates, respected for his visionary work as founder of both Microsoft and the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, called for a new digital revolution . This time, instead of promoting software to improve office productivity, he passionately advocated for application of the […]

February 25, 2012 - Demand grows for Farm Bill this year

Ahead of Senate Hearing, Groups Call for Farm Bill This Year By National Association of Wheat Growers The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee held the first farm bill hearing of the year this week, focusing on energy and rural development issues. The hearing included testimony from Secretary of Agriculture […]

February 24, 2012 - Cattlemen vindicated over EPA court ruling

Federal Court Validates Cattlemen’s Concerns on EPA’s Scientifically Shoddy Approach by NCBA — Court Rules Components of EPA Criteria for Florida Nutrient Standards Arbitrary and Capricious National Cattlemen’s Beef Association  The Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) on April 28, 2011, challenged the Environmental Protection […]

February 22, 2012 - Wolf bill closely watched in Capitol

HB 4158 A-Engrossed – Uphold Oregon’s current wolf plan. By Oregonians For Food and Shelter The Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, agreed to and adopted in the 2005 Session and reaffirmed in 2010, allows the taking of wolves causing chronic livestock depredation. Unfortunately, recent litigation has placed a stay […]

February 22, 2012 - Timber group blasts Interior Sec. Salazar Oregon visit

Secretary Salazar’s Failed Timber Policies Bad for Rural Oregon By American Forest Resource Council Ken Salazar, President Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, was in Medford, Oregon this week to tour the “Pilot Joe” demonstration project and hold a Town Hall meeting where he sought to downplay the impact of a […]

February 21, 2012 - Farmers & Fish working together

Farmers & Fish working together By Guest Opinion Farmers near Bend, Ore., need water. And when the Crooked River is high, water flows to them by gravity through an intricately engineered system of canals. But those canals have a problem: the fractured volcanic ground under them drains water very effectively. […]

February 20, 2012 - Interior Sec. Salazar to visit Oregon Forestry Pilot Project

Secretary Salazar to Visit Forestry Pilot Project in Southwest Oregon, Hold Town Hall to Discuss Next Steps in Forest Restoration — Medford Pilot Project Demonstrates Opportunities for Ecological Forestry By Bureau of Land Management On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be in southwest Oregon to […]