January 31, 2014 - Here come the Food Police

By American Farm Bureau Federation By Stewart Truelsen Picture yourself in the future, the not too distant future, on a bright summer day. You are grilling hot dogs at a picnic with your family in a park. You pay little attention to the drone flying overhead. It’s probably a UPS […]

January 28, 2014 - Pass Farm Bill this week!

By National Farmers Union The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the 2014 Farm Bill to be called up and voted on this […]

January 27, 2014 - Oregon downgraded in invasive species control

By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries Oregon gets a B- in invasive species management Oregon, as a whole, could be doing better in its fight against invasive species. That’s the verdict from the Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC), which gave the state a B-minus on its annual Invasive Species […]

January 24, 2014 - Farm Bureau lays out 2014 agenda

By American Farm Bureau Federation By Tracy Grondine While many of us spent December running from one holiday party and feast to the next, farmers were busy not only celebrating the season, but celebrating the Farm Bureau grassroots policy process leading up to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual […]

January 22, 2014 - Judge rebukes Labor Dept. in Hot Goods Case

Oregon Farm Bureau Federal Judge Delivers Stinging Rebuke to USDOL in hot goods cases Judge Coffin cites duress, vacates consent judgments against blueberry farmers U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin issued a ruling Jan. 15 vacating the U.S. Dept. of Labor consent agreements imposed on two Oregon blueberry […]

January 20, 2014 - Flaws behind Wyden’s Eastern Ore. forestry bill

By Tom Partin American Forest Resource Council Oregonians rightfully value political compromise when it comes to tackling challenges facing our state, and there are few bigger challenges than addressing the lack of economic opportunity and jobs in Oregon’s rural communities. Oregon’s congressional delegation recognizes that the key to fighting rural […]

January 17, 2014 - Farmer action alert on EPA & Water Act

By American Farm Bureau Federation There are two things that farmers need to realize about a new regulation that the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to release in the coming weeks, two experts in water regulations said at a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention. One […]

January 15, 2014 - Walden notes Oregon win in FDA decision

By Oregon Congressman Greg Walden Greg Walden: FDA’s decision to revise food safety rules is “a victory for common sense” U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) reacted to the FDA’s announcement that they would revise draft rules on water quality that would affect Oregon fruit and vegetable growers. “This decision by […]

January 13, 2014 - OFB pushes crop donation tax credit

By Oregon Farm Bureau OFB working with Oregon Food Bank on crop donation tax credit for farmers Oregon Farm Bureau is working closely with the Oregon Food Bank to draft a bill for the 2014 Oregon Legislative Session to make it possible for more farmers and ranchers to donate fresh […]

January 10, 2014 - Cherrios to pay a price for GMO switch?

National Corn Growers Association General Mills made headlines last week with the announcement that that they will begin marketing original Cheerios “not made with genetically modified ingredients.” In a post about the change, General Mills VP of global communications Tom Forsythe noted that it really is not a big change. […]