March 31, 2014 - Elliot Forest could bring $40 Million for schools

Oregon Cascade Policy Institute A new report released shows that if the Oregon State Land Board sold or leased the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest, public school funding would increase by at least $40 million annually. Roughly 85,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest are managed for the primary purpose of […]

March 28, 2014 - EPA seeks authroity expansion on Water Act

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the United States.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is deeply concerned by this vast overreach by the EPA and the Administration. Under […]

March 26, 2014 - Cattlemen praise privacy protection bill

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) commends Oregon’s legislature in passing through HB 4093 which will grant land owners information privacy when entering into Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA) through county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) related to greater sage-grouse protection in Oregon. There has […]

March 24, 2014 - Seneca Sawmill gets national recognition for innovation

Seneca Sawmill Featured for Commitment to Innovation, Environmental Sustainability By Oregon Tax News, Seneca Sawmill Company is transforming the way timber companies operate. The Eugene-based company was recently featured in IBM’s national publication, IBM Systems Magazine, for its visionary leadership and use of technology to build a thriving, sustainable business. […]

March 21, 2014 - Food price spike: Who to blame & not blame.

National Corn Growers Association Food prices are on the rise again and you probably already noticed. Thankfully, the mainstream media thus far is covering it in a balanced way and pointing out the primary drivers behind the increase. Those include things like drought in key growing regions, and an anticipated […]

March 19, 2014 - Agency abuse against Ore. farmer goes national

The “hot goods” abuse case against Oregon farmers by the Department of Justice has seen a victory in the courtroom on behalf of the farmers, and now seen more attention from national media. More recently this week an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal Editorial 3-18-14:”Labor’s Blueberry […]

March 17, 2014 - Log shortage fuels price increase

By Rick Sohn, p.H.D Umpqua Coquille LLC Log shortages keep prices very strong, with lumber steady to rising. Otherwise, the season and bad weather have slowed building and raised unsold inventory. Mortgage rates are creeping up. Recent lumber manufacturing, home construction, and housing markets are compared to 9 years ago. […]

March 12, 2014 - Senator Baertschiger & Gov. Kitzhaber on saving mill

By State Senator Herman Baertschiger, State Senator Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) commended Governor John Kitzhaber (D) for his help in efforts to re-open the recently shuttered Rough and Ready Lumber Mill. “I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Governor was helping out this iconic southern Oregon company,” said Baertschiger. […]

March 10, 2014 - Walden co-sponsors wildfire bill

By Oregon Congressman Greg Walden Greg Walden supports plan to reform wildfire budget U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced he has co-sponsored a bill to address perennial wildfire budget issues. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (H.R. 3992) aims to end the current practice of “fire borrowing,” using funds from fire […]

March 7, 2014 - Farmer Identity Protection Act

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association United States Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Jim Costa (D-Cal.) introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public. The Farmer Identity Protection Act (H.R. 4157) […]