December 31, 2012 - 40 Ag groups oppose beef merger

  By National Farmers Union (NFU) and more than 40 farming, rural and agricultural organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)asking for an expanded investigation into a proposal made by food processing company JBS USA to acquire two U.S.-based beef packing plants owned by Canadian-based XL […]

December 30, 2012 - Ranchers respond to Animal Disease Traceability Rule

NCBA Statement on Animal Disease Traceability Rule National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) final animal disease traceability (ADT) rule, which was announced by Secretary Vilsack […]

December 29, 2012 - States adopt sturgeon season above Bonneville

  Commercial Dungeness crab season delayed Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife   Bonneville Pool sturgeon anglers will again see a split season for white sturgeon on the Columbia River in 2013. Fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington this week approved a white sturgeon retention season in Bonneville Pool consisting […]

December 29, 2012 - Statement on EPA resignation

Renewable Fuels Association Statement by Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), on the announced resignation of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: “Administrator Jackson put into action the Obama Administration’s commitment to ethanol and other biofuels. During her tenure, she cleared the way for E15 giving consumers […]

December 28, 2012 - Farmers Union opposes Farm Bill Extension

By National Farmers Union National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the NFU Board of Directors passed a resolution today opposing an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, which expired on Sept. 30, in lieu of passage of a new five-year farm bill. The vote […]

December 27, 2012 - OSU tests quinoa rice as NW crop for global demand

— Quinoa has higher amounts of calcium, iron, fiber and vitamin B than rice, wheat and barley. (Photo by Daniel Robison.) By University of Oregon Extension Office Researchers from Oregon State University are exploring the potential for quinoa to grow in the Northwest’s diverse climates. Preliminary experiments have shown that […]

December 26, 2012 - Labor Sec. refuses Walden request on crop seizure controversy

Greg Walden continues to press Labor Secretary for answers on “hot goods” orders After 122 days, Labor Department still has not answered letter from Oregon Congressional delegation By Oregon Congressman Greg Walden U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) again called on Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to answer a bipartisan letter […]

December 25, 2012 - Farm Photo of the Year 2012

Merry Christmas from Natural Resource Report. We leave you with one of the Farm Bureau photos of the year in their annual contest.

December 24, 2012 - Animal Rights Extremists Still Active

Animal Rights Extremists Still Active By Stewart Truelsen American Farm Bureau The animal rights movement often is nonsensical like when female activists disrobe in public to protest the wearing of animal fur, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals files a lawsuit against SeaWorld for enslaving whales. The SeaWorld […]

December 23, 2012 - FDA: Farms Don’t Need to Register Under Food Safety Law

By National Association of Wheat Growers The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reiterated that farms do not have to register with the agency under a 2011 food safety law. The clarification was included in updated guidance and question-and-answer documents about registration requirements for smaller food facilities. FDA said the documents […]