November 30, 2012 - Farmers Union dislikes Farm Bill Extension

By National Farmers Union National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement amid reports that Congress may consider an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. The 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30: “With the current legislative session quickly coming to a close, it is imperative now, […]

November 29, 2012 - OSU: Training for urban farmers

By Oregon State Univeristy Oregon State University is accepting applications for its eight-month training program in the Portland area for aspiring urban farmers. Now in its third year, the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) program was developed by the OSU Extension Service and Multnomah County for people with little to […]

November 28, 2012 - Lawsuit: Oregon waters too hot for fish

Lawsuit challenges Oregon’s water clean-up plans By Natural Resource News Note The Northwest Environmental Advocates filed a complaint in federal court challenging Oregon’s Clean Water Act clean-up plans. The NWEA believes that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s plans allow water temperatures that are too high for cold-water fish and […]

November 27, 2012 - Timber Industry Reviewing New Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat

American Forest Reserach Council The American Forest Resource Council is reviewing the critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hoping that substantial changes have been made since the draft was published in the Federal Register last March. Over the past […]

November 26, 2012 - Good news for Oregon timber

Good news for Oregon timber By Oregon Small Business Association  The Portland Tribune reports that a three-member panel at the Portland Business Alliance’s monthly breakfast agreed that Oregon’s timber industry can expect to see growth in global demand for wood fiber. However, they warned the increase will be slow and […]

November 25, 2012 - Commercial Dungeness crab season delayed

By Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife The opening of the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season from Point Arena, Calif., north will be delayed at least through Dec. 15 to allow crab quality to improve. The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season along the Oregon coast normally opens on Dec. 1, […]

November 24, 2012 - Farmers only get 12 cents of every food dollar

Contrary to what many believe, higher food prices do not equal more money for farmers. National Corn Growers Association As the Northeast continues to deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, other parts of the United States are still dealing with the most severe and extensive drought in at least […]

November 23, 2012 - Farmers Union on AMT, Estate & Bush Tax Cuts

NFU to Congress: There Are Two Sides to a Balance Sheet By National Farmers Union, As Congress prepares legislation related to the fiscal cliff, National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Congress to take action on tax reform in addition to spending reductions. “There has been a lot of discussion recently about […]

November 21, 2012 - Holiday Turkey Threat? Call OSU food safety hotline

By Oregon State University Extension Office How do you quickly thaw a big turkey? Should you stuff it or not? How do you make turkey giblet gravy like your grandma’s? As Thanksgiving approaches, you can get answers to questions like these by calling the Oregon State University Extension Service’s holiday […]

November 21, 2012 - Lawsuit expands to lock-up 90 million bd-ft of timber

by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers BLM Timber Lawsuit Impacts:  Previously reported environmental lawsuits attempting to stop Bureau of Land Management timber sales in Southern Oregon now appear to impact an even larger timber volume.  Environmental plaintiffs filed suit in US District Court to stop up to […]