July 31, 2012 - ODFW uses drones to monitor birds

ODFW to deploy drone aircraft to monitor birds at Haystack Rock on Oregon coast By Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife High winds, rocky terrain, salt water and seabirds can make flying on the Oregon Coast challenging, even dangerous under the best of circumstances. For a team of researchers from […]

July 31, 2012 - ODA warns of noxious weed rebirth after range fires

ODA advises ranchers and land managers to watch for weeds if they replant seeds By Oregon Department of Agriculture Wildfires this month have already devastated more than 800,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern Oregon. Ranchers and land managers don’t want to get burned a second time by invasive noxious weeds […]

July 30, 2012 - Drought Price Surge: Corn 33%, Wheat 23%, Soy 13%

By Oregon Small Business Association The price of corn is up 33%, and America’s reserves of corn have declined nearly fifty percent since March. Soybean prices are up 13%, and wheat costs 23% more than it did at the beginning of the year. Plus, drought is getting dryer across the […]

July 29, 2012 - Clueless celebrities muddle Farm Bill

Celebrity Chefs Forget a Pinch of Humility, Whip Up Bitter Baloney By Cathryn, Corn Commentary. National Corn Growers Association This election year, Americans are already growing increasingly agitated with pompous, self-important celebrities who feel an uncontrollable desire to pontificate upon politics. Qualified only by having played a politician in a […]

July 28, 2012 - USA wins blind pork taste test competition

By U.S. Meat Export Federation For the second time in two years, South Korea’s top cooking magazine, Cookand, joined with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) for a blind taste test conducted with panels of food industry experts and consumers to determine which pork would be preferred by Koreans when […]

July 27, 2012 - Wasp weapon to fight Oregon stink bug

Oregon pursues biocontrol of brown marmorated stink bug By Oregon Department of Revenue In some ways, it’s a race against time. It appears the potentially devastating brown marmorated stink bug is spreading in Oregon and populations of the insect pest are expected to jump over the next couple of years. […]

July 26, 2012 - Oregon Cattlemen set up fire victim fund

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association sets up Fire Victims Relief Fund –Devastation from wildfires are threatening structures, cattle and homes of Oregon ranchers By Oregon Cattlemen Association In response to the devastating fires occurring in Harney and Malheur counties, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has set up a fire victim’s relief fund as […]

July 25, 2012 - Federal wildfire hypocrisy & exploding trees

Forest Policy Briefs by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers When Wilderness Isn’t Wilderness: When the US Forest Service wants to act fast to protect natural resources, it can. But, when it needs to act fast to prevent catastrophic timber loss to pests or fire, it predictably fails […]

July 24, 2012 - Oregon forester gets lost in the woods

By Guest Submission A Lomakatsi Restoration Project crewmember decided to try to find his own way home from the woods on June 7, got lost, and ended up spending 8 hours walking ten miles back to a friend’s house in town. The Lomakatsi crew was piling brush on the west […]

July 23, 2012 - Farm Bureau Alert: Stop the “Flood” of Regulation

Clean Water Act Guidance Document – Stop the “Flood” of Regulation By Oregon Farm Bureau AFBF has launched their STOP THE FLOOD OF REGULATION Campaign. The goal is to prevent EPA from finalizing their Guidance Document, which would remove the word navigable from the Clean Water Act. Removal of this […]