July 31, 2013 - Farmers fume over endangered bladderpod

OPB is reporting about a farmer led-coalition fighting the EPA designating the White Bluffs bladderpod as requiring endangered species protection. A group of farmers in southeast Washington is trying to stop the federal government from giving endangered species protection to a rare plant. It’s called the White Bluffs bladderpod. And […]

July 30, 2013 - California pistachios recalled over Salmonella

David Bolstad By U.S. Food & Drug Administration  Western Mixers Produce & Nut Company of Los Angeles, California is recalling ARO and/or Treasured Harvest Pistachios, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or […]

July 29, 2013 - DEQ Bill: Oregon amends prospective purchaser agreement

by Huynh, Hong, Miller Nash Oregon Law Firm SB 476A is one of few environmental bills that the 2013 legislature passed. The bill amends the prospective purchaser agreement statute (ORS 465.325) in the following ways: (1) Requiring the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to specifically notify potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”), […]

July 26, 2013 - Ag & Congress’ 50 tax reform hearings

By American Farm Bureau Federation Johnna Miller, Director of Media Development, American Farm Bureau Federation The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee continue to work towards a comprehensive tax reform bill while farmers and ranchers have been urging Congress to implement a tax code that recognizes […]

July 25, 2013 - Bad idea to create forest monopoly plan

Editorial by Washington Examiner, Looming job losses should concern everyone, especially those in an obscure industry like forestry, which, though not as glamorous as, say, oil field wildcatting or tornado chasing, is nevertheless essential to the health of the U.S. economy. Forestry is a crucial industry for the obvious reason […]

July 24, 2013 - Walden’s plan for rural jobs, water security

By Oregon Congressman Greg Walden U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)  is re-introducing the Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act, which delivers needed water to Prineville for job creation, clears the way for clean energy at Bowman Dam, and creates new water conservation opportunities in Central Oregon. “This is a […]

July 23, 2013 - Fishing bill heads to Governor

By State Representative Bill Kennemer; A bill aimed at enhancing fisheries and strengthening a lower Columbia River Fish Management and Reform plan is on its way to becoming law. Among other things, Senate Bill 830 repeals a current statutory constraint on commercial fishing gear in the Columbia. It also protects […]

July 22, 2013 - Action urged on O&C land

By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation are developing potential solutions for restoring active management to the 2.5 million acres of Oregon & California (O&C) Grant timberlands. Extreme environmental groups have mobilized to stop any solutions. These radical groups desperately want to protect the status quo that […]

July 20, 2013 - A way to make the public value the forgotten farmer

By Mark National Corn Growers Association In the maelstrom that is modern society, with a hyperactive media and a beleaguered work force, I think many of us rarely have the time to do research or critical thinking related to the issues of the day. I place myself firmly in that […]

July 19, 2013 - Death Tax Repeal emerges again in Congress

By American Farm Bureau Federation   The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislation introduced in both the House and Senate that would permanently repeal the estate tax. Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D.) bill, The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, coupled with bipartisan legislation of the same title introduced by Reps. […]