October 30, 2015 - Debunking beef=cancer myth

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Evidence Inadequate to Reach Consensus on Cancer Risk Members of an international committee assigned to review all of the available evidence on red meat and cancer risk were divided on their opinion whether to label red meat a “probable” cause of cancer, according to the Beef […]

October 28, 2015 - Outrage over jailed ranchers

By Oregon Farm Bureau “Two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome. Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney […]

October 26, 2015 - Dismal forecast for timber

By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Despite low mortgage rates and low unsold home inventories, the weak stud market, the expiration of the U.S./Canadian softwood trade agreement, and the low value of the Canadian dollar, do not bode well for the rest of the Fall. Trends of lumber, home […]

October 23, 2015 - Cattlemen cheer court rebuke of EPA water rule

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Citing a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims and casting suspicion on the rulemaking process, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals  ordered that the EPA and Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” rule be stayed nationwide until the Court can […]

October 21, 2015 - CA forest die off, Owl listing revisited…

by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers California National Forest Die-off: US Forest Service scientists say more than 12 million trees in California’s southern Sierra Nevada national forests have died during the last couple year’s drought—and the die-off is forecasted to continue. Consecutive years of drought have stressed […]

October 16, 2015 - Study: All-organic America would look like

By Cindy National Corn Growers Association Switching to an all-organic agricultural system in the United States would have serious, negative consequences according to analysis of government reports published in Forbes. With clear documentation of a yield gap between conventional and organic production indicating increased land use would be required to […]

October 14, 2015 - Oregon closer to Ag trade boom

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association On Monday, October 5, it was announced that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers have concluded negotiations. What does this mean? It means the United States is one step closer to having TPP go into effect. TPP is a multilateral trade agreement being negotiated by the […]

October 12, 2015 - Wyden: Millions to Oregon wildfire risk homes

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Senator Ron Wyden announced that Oregon has received a $3 million federal grant to reduce fire risks to more than 2,200 homes in parts of Crook, Deschutes and Klamath counties that are adjacent to forests. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will fund […]

October 9, 2015 - Hearings on changing national dietary guidelines

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association With less than three months before the guidelines are expected to be finalized, the House Agriculture Committee  held a public hearing to continue their oversight of the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health […]

October 7, 2015 - Call to de-list wolf before Oct. 9th

By American Farm Bureau Federation On October 9 and November 9, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider removing the gray wolf from the list of wildlife species that are protected under the Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA). The Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan calls for the Commission […]