August 31, 2012 - Record farm income in 2012?

By American Farm Bureau Federation How can net farm income set a record considering the severity of the drought? AFBF Economist Todd Davis explains in this report from AFBF’s Johnna Miller & American Farm Bureau Economist Todd Davis. Miller: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting record-setting net farm income […]

August 30, 2012 - 200 wild horses to be captured by helicopter

By Bureau of Land Management On August 20, 2012, a BLM Lakeview District staff member and a local permittee discovered that horses in the Paisley Desert Herd Management Area (HMA) had been out of water for a few days.  Hauling water to horses at dry waterholes began on August 22, […]

August 29, 2012 - Water Tax on farmers stopped

Oregonians In Action Defeats New Tax on Rural Property Owners By Dave Hunnicutt, Oregonians In Action In April, we reported on a plan by the Oregon Water Resources Department (WRD) to impose an “exempt use well fee” that would apply to every rural property owner in Oregon with a domestic […]

August 28, 2012 - California to vote on genetic food label measure

by Cathryn Corn Commentary National Corn growers Association Hypocrisy has a strange way of coming to light during campaign season. For candidates and for ballot initiatives alike, the in-congruent motivations of the groups promoting a particular vote often tanks what, at first glance, seemed to be a positive, simple campaign. […]

August 27, 2012 - Oregon evades 38 state West Nile Virus outbreak

Natural Resource Note: The Center for Disease control reports that West Nile Virus levels are at historic highs.   There have been 1,118 cases in38 states, but Oregon and Washington have been spared in 2012 so far.   In Texas, 41 people have died.   These cases carry greater meaning because the […]

August 26, 2012 - 7 governors request ethanol waiver

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The request for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate is gaining even more traction across the country, with Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) announcing that his state is joining the coalition. Texas joins more than 180 members of […]

August 25, 2012 - Ethanol group comments on Romney’s energy plan

Renewable Fuels Association In response to Governor Romney’s support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and market access for alternative fuels in his energy plan released today, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement: “We applaud Governor Romney’s commitment to domestic renewable fuels and his recognition […]

August 24, 2012 - Farm Bill Now coalition raises Sept. deadline alarm

National Association of Wheat Growers  The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and 38 other national agricultural organizations issued a statement Wednesday regarding the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September. The coalition of groups, using the name Farm […]

August 23, 2012 - 500 tons of hay donated to wildfire victims in Oregon

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, as a part of the RESTOR Task Force, made emergency deliveries of nearly 500 tons of donated hay on Wednesday, August 15 to fire affected families in Eastern Oregon. This hay will assist in caring for their livestock after the devastating fires […]

August 22, 2012 - Congress to defund USPS Planning, Panel demands timber sale, more…..

Update on Current Policy News Affecting Forest Business & Timber Supply by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers. Congress Attempts to Defund USFS Planning: When the US House Interior Appropriations Committee passed its FY2013 budget for the US Forest Service in June, it eliminated all funding for national […]