May 30, 2014 - EPA tries land grab with water rule

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed definition of “Waters of the U.S.” has raised grave concern from cattle producers across the country. Today, Jack Field, cattle rancher and Washington Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president, testified before the House of Representatives Small Business Committee […]

May 29, 2014 - Wolf OR7 may have found a mate

Wolf OR7 may have found a mate By Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife OR7, a wolf originally from northeast Oregon, may have found a mate in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. In early May, remote cameras on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest captured several images of what appears to be […]

May 27, 2014 - Is new GMO law “Just the Beginning”?

By Cindy National Corn Growers Association “This is just the beginning,” says Rebecca Spector with the Center for Food Safety about new laws passed this week in two Oregon counties banning the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. And that is a scary thought. We’re talking about making laws telling […]

May 23, 2014 - Congress passes Water Reform Act

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which will become law with the President’s signature. Importantly for members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, this bill contains a provision that will ease the burden of the EPA’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule. The […]

May 20, 2014 - GMO ballot measures passing

Early returns show that both county measures to limit genetically modified crops appear to be passing by margins of 58-66%. OPB reports. Separate measures to restrict genetically-modified crops in two Oregon counties won strong support in a first batch of election results on Tuesday.A Jackson County ordinance to ban growth […]

May 20, 2014 - Anger over government survey of GMO ballot measure

Natural Resource News Note: The state’s most watched ballot measure is the center of a controversy over a state survey. The Secretary of State mailed 24,000 voters in Jackson County questions over the GMO ballot measure 15-119 and also 15-121. Here is the Medford Mail Tribune reporting… “The timing of […]

May 19, 2014 - New GMO-measure Ad about Property Rights

No On Measure 15-119 A group of major agricultural organizations representing farmers and ranchers across Oregon and in Jackson County announced their opposition to Measure 15-119, Jackson County’s proposed crop ban. The groups – the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Seed Council, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon […]

May 16, 2014 - 10 facts on Congress & Ag spending

By American Farm Bureau Federation By Melissa George Kessler It’s time once again for Congress to decide how the government is going to spend its – meaning your – money. Wondering what that really means for farming and agriculture? Below are the top 10 things you should know. 10. Congress’ […]

May 14, 2014 - Newly passed Renewable Bill = Greenwashing

Oregon Cascade Policy Institute By William Newell In February, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4126. This bill would allow utilities to purchase renewable energy certificates, or RECs, to meet Oregon’s renewable portfolio standards, rather than actually purchasing electricity produced by renewable sources. The bill is simply “greenwashing.” “Greenwashing” is […]

May 13, 2014 - State clarifies role over GM crops

State clarifies role over GM crops Natural Resource News Note: The Oregon Department of Agriculture said this week that they are limited on their regulatory authority over GM farms. The discussion was featured in the Capitol Press this week. For biotech crops that remain regulated by the federal government, the […]