September 29, 2014 - Contrast Chart: Hi-tech vs. Forest

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Oregon remains a natural resource and manufacturing state, which along with our strong migration patterns, are really the two distinctive features that sets the state apart from most others. However the nature of our goods producing industries has changed over the […]

September 26, 2014 - Food fears based on trends, not science

By Cindy National Corn Growers Association Last year, more people were killed by automobile accidents, heart attacks, lung cancer, and natural causes combined than by any one tomato. – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes When you have plenty of food on the table, it’s easy for us in America to […]

September 24, 2014 - Oregon loses pioneer of timber, freedom & generosity

Oregon loses its pioneer of timber, freedom & generosity By Taxpayer Association of Oregon, Aaron Jones, founder of Seneca Sawmills, died this week and leaving behind an extraordinary legacy of innovation, giving and efforts to help others. Jones served his country in WWI and came back to later start his first […]

September 23, 2014 - Oregon Invasive species cook-off

 By Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries Invasive species, such as nutria and Japanese knotweed, pose a major threat to native habitats, costing the U.S. an estimated $120 billion annually. One way to beat them is by eating them! Promoting this idea is the “Eradication by Mastication” event. The fundraiser, […]

September 22, 2014 - Wyden on O&C Act Markup

By US Senator Ron Wyden U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today secured a commitment to mark up his O&C Act of 2014 in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on November 13. Energy Committee Chair Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued an announcement Tuesday afternoon that she would hold a […]

September 19, 2014 - We need a game-changer to tackle wildfire risk

OFIC Press Release. I’ve talked to dozens of people since  we published our special report and video, State of Fire. They agree with the premise of the report: Wildfire risk in Oregon and the broader American West is growing, and to address it, we need to change the game plan. […]

September 17, 2014 - Ore. Water & Forest bill up for vote

By Oregon Congressman Greg Walden September House agenda includes two Oregon bills The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this month on two pieces of legislation championed by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) that would reform federal forest policy and bring more water and power to Crook County for job […]

September 15, 2014 - Good news for studs, logs, home construction

By Rick Sohn Ph.D Umpqua Coquille LLC Studs and logs remain unseasonably steady and strong. Home construction is up, but needs to continue its momentum. Mortgage interest rates remain attractive. Statistics from recent years for lumber manufacturing, home construction, and housing markets are compared to 2005. Interpretation and Looking Ahead. […]

September 12, 2014 - House vote to stop EPA land grab

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association House Votes to Protect Private Property Rights, Halting EPA and Army Corps’ Land Grab The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078 Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 in an attempt to halt the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps […]

September 10, 2014 - Historic year for Oregon wine

In 2014, Oregon wine grapes are harvesting early this year than normal. Watch the KGW-TV news clip below.