April 30, 2012 - Obama yanks underage farm labor rule

The Power of Grass Roots: Obama Administration Pulls Overbearing Proposed Rules on Child Labor By Oregon Farm Bureau Federation The US Department of Labor issued a statement withdrawing a proposed rule dealing with children who work on farms and ranches. “This is an enormous win for family farmers and ranchers […]

April 29, 2012 - EPA figure has record of bashing oil & gas companies

By Free Enterprise, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz released an apology for comparing his agency regulating oil and gas companies to Roman centurions crucifying villagers: I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words. It was an offensive and inaccurate […]

April 28, 2012 - Ocean fishing seasons set

By Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set ocean fishing seasons for salmon and halibut during its meeting in Salem. The Commission set the 2012 ocean salmon seasons for Oregon’s territorial waters that extend three miles from the state’s shoreline. They mirror the regulations […]

April 27, 2012 - Senate panel passes 2012 Farm Bill

by American Farm Bureau Federation Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Senate Agriculture Committee Passage of 2012 Farm Bill “The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraged that the Senate Agriculture Committee approved its bipartisan farm bill and sent it forward to the full Senate for consideration. […]

April 26, 2012 - Environmentalists criticized over Steens Mt.

The Oregonian featured a critical article entitled How environmentalists have failed Steens Mountain. Below are some excerpts by a public land historian Alfred Runte that generated looks of attention.  Here are some excerpts. If Oregon loses Steens Mountain to a wind farm, environmentalists should start by blaming themselves. To be […]

April 25, 2012 - OSU Study: Gas prices triggered 2007 housing crisis

JunJie Wu OSU economist Oregon State University Extension office A new study by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oregon State University suggests that the U.S. housing crisis that started in 2007 and eventually led to a worldwide financial crisis was triggered by rapidly rising gas prices. Economic […]

April 24, 2012 - CA adopts ag license plates

Agriculture-themed license plate to hit the roads By California farm Bureau A new, special-interest license plate honoring California food, flower and fiber production has been given the green light. The state Department of Food and Agriculture says backers of the new “ag plates” have submitted enough pledges to proceed with […]

April 23, 2012 - Oregon Ag hits record high sales

By Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon farmers, ranchers, and fishers enjoyed a record setting year in 2011 according to newly released statistics that show 34 of the state’s 36 counties increasing agricultural sales last year. In general, it appears that agriculture has bounced back much more strongly than other sectors […]

April 22, 2012 - Ranchers respond to mandates over animal production

Lawmakers, Livestock Groups Raise Concerns with Animal Production Mandates by National Cattlemen Beef Association Lawmakers and representatives from animal agriculture joined forces to educate nearly 100 people about the deliberate emphasis farmers and ranchers place on caring for the health and well-being of their animals. During a briefing hosted by […]