August 31, 2015 - Wildfires & record setting temps effect on log prices

By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Like last winter, extreme weather has hit again, this time in the form of a hot weather and serious localized forest fires. Markets and demand for wood products are continuing to improve. Trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to […]

August 27, 2015 - Farm Bureau on Stock Crash

By American Farm Bureau Federation Micheal Clements of Farm Bureau talks about recent stock market downturn. Clements: Following Monday’s large drop on Wall Street and a selloff in China, commodity markets are performing “as expected,” according to Farm Bureau deputy chief economist John Anderson. Anderson: Well I think ag markets […]

August 25, 2015 - Oregon winemaker sues farmer

Pinot Noir Winemaker Files Lawsuit By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation Willamette Valley Vineyard has filed a lawsuit against Five Cent Farm, Inc. They are claiming damage to their crop due to an herbicide drift onto the vines. Willamette Vineyard leases property from Elton Vineyard, which sits east of the […]

August 24, 2015 - Grants for Oregon wildfire victims

Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Now Available For Oregon Wildfire Victims By House Republican Leader Mike McLane Individual Assistance Grants Provided Through Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte)  announced that critical relief for wildfire victims is now available and accessible through the Wildfire Damage Housing […]

August 21, 2015 - Feds share blame for wildfire crisis

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association As massive wildfires blaze across the West this week, the need to address the increasing wildfire threat is even more apparent. According to the Agriculture and Interior Departments, there are currently 19,000 interagency personnel fighting wildfires across 13 states. The Soda Fire that burned across southern […]

August 17, 2015 - Lawmakers send $14M boost to OSU Ag

By Oregon State University Extension  Office Oregon State University’s three statewide public service programs received a boost from the Oregon legislature with $14 million additional funds to support up to 40 new positions and stimulate new research and extension projects across the state. The new funding package increases the programs’ […]

August 14, 2015 - Grain farmers to see income hit

By American Farm Bureau Federation Grain farmers should brace for a drop in net incomes this year as the prices for corn, soybeans and wheat have fallen significantly from recent years, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The latest Agricultural Prices report, released last week by the National Agricultural […]

August 12, 2015 - Drought: Why California is not Australia

California Farm Bureau By Chris Scheuring There has certainly been a great deal of furious legislative and administrative activity in the halls of government in this season of drought—some of it essential and very timely, and some of it simply opportunistic. The Farm Bureau team in Sacramento has been front […]

August 10, 2015 - Blueberry farms close to breaking record

By Oregon Department of Ag. One of the earliest blueberry harvests in decades is now underway in Oregon and, by the end of the season, it could be one for the record books. A mild winter and spring has led to excellent growing conditions. Combined with an increase in acres […]