May 30, 2012 - WA Farm Bureau urges action on failed forest plan

There is an opportunity to submit testimony for the record for 10 business days after the hearing (May 31). This is a good opportunity for the Farm Bureau and/or individual members to provide input. By Washington Farm Bureau On Monday, May 21st, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public […]

May 30, 2012 - Oregon Ag Legislative Update

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter During the Interim, legislators come to town every quarter for 3-days in what is referred to as “legislative days.” Interim Committees meet for updates on issues and this week we heard the new revenue forecast and the Senate approved the Governor’s recommended appointments to […]

May 29, 2012 - Immigration war is causing real pain to farmers

Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau federation Labor shortages have been a significant challenge to U.S. agriculture for as long as I can remember. On my rice farm in Texas growing up, it seemed we were always running short of farmhands when it came time to harvest. But now, unlike […]

May 28, 2012 - OSU trains 60 wine tasters for study

New OSU-trained taste testers will evaluate experimental wines Dick Erath OSU Extension Office Oregon’s wine industry will now be able to better understand how what it’s doing in its vineyards and vats affects the quality of its final product thanks to a new cadre of tasting experts trained by Oregon […]

May 27, 2012 - Ethanol fights auto & oil groups over flawed study

By The Renewable Fuels Association, A report released by the oil and auto industries on E15 and other higher level ethanol blends is fundamentally flawed, noted both the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). In a blog post, the DOE offered some tough critiques of […]

May 26, 2012 - DEQ fines Klamath Falls man for burning motor home

By Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $4,162 penalty to Donald Richard Merrill for burning the remains of a motor home and other debris at his property on Altamont Drive, Klamath Falls, in October. Merrill did not respond by DEQ’s appeal deadline in […]

May 26, 2012 - USDA micro-loan program applauded

By National  Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a proposed rule for a new microloan program that would be part of the suite of credit options available to farmers through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The new program would allow FSA to make smaller […]

May 25, 2012 - Dominoes Pizza sides with farmers over Humane Society attack

Thanks Dominos For Not Caving to HSUS Whims By Mark Corn Commentary Farmers are always getting asked these days to get involved; write a letter, call your Congressman, but how about eat a pizza? Now activation by the slice is something I think we can sink our teeth into and […]

May 24, 2012 - NW Congressional field hearing criticizes spotted owl plan

Timber industry concurs with Congressional concerns over flawed spotted owl proposal Further oversight needed to resolve decades of failed federal forest management policies By American Forest Research Council The timber industry joined those testifying at the Congressional field hearing in Longview, Washington, in calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

May 23, 2012 - Wyden prefers entitlements to actual timber income says loggers

Forest Policy Briefs by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers Sen. Wyden Wants Entitlement, Not Timber Income: Oregon’s US Senator Ron Wyden announced that two bills—intended to reconnect county receipts to increased federal timber sale revenues—lack his support and would be “a nonstarter” in the Senate. Sen. Wyden […]