December 30, 2015 - Kalamath deal falls through

California Farm Bureau After more than a decade of negotiations with a variety of stakeholders, the end-of-year deadline for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation approving and funding the Klamath Basin settlement agreements is expected to come and go without final action, leaving the future of the basin’s water supply […]

December 28, 2015 - Obama’s natural resource memorandum

Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate On November 3, 2015, President Obama issued a memorandum to the Secretaries of Defense, Interior and Agriculture, and the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration directing them to revise their existing policies to incorporate a new “net […]

December 25, 2015 - Farmland concerns at Oregon hits $4 million milestone

By Oregon Department of Agriculture Oregon’s population now tops 4 million people. Whether the continued population increase negatively impacts agriculture remains to be seen, but the state’s land use protections are more important than ever, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “Two must-haves for Oregon agriculture are […]

December 23, 2015 - Big budget deal has key wins for Cattlemen

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association With bipartisan support, Congress passed the $1.15 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill today, which funds much of the government through fiscal year 2016. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis said the bill contained several victories for cattlemen and women. Coming within days of facing retaliation from […]

December 21, 2015 - Ranchers awarded for sage-grouse recovery

By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Mark and Patti Bennett of Unity were recognized with the 2015 Riley Freeman Award during the Oregon Cattlemen Association conference in Bend. In giving the award, ODFW Director Curt Melcher praised the Bennetts for being model stewards on their working cattle ranch in […]

December 18, 2015 - What Ag thinks of federal budget deal

By National Association of Wheat Growers FY 2016 Omnibus, Tax Agreement Reached, Congressional Action This Week Yesterday Congressional negotiators released the text of an agreement to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016 and to make permanent a number of important tax provisions. The House of Representatives […]

December 16, 2015 - Minimum wage, labor costs put Ore. Ag at risk

By Jeff Stone, Daily Digger Oregon Association of Nurseries If the price of labor in Oregon continues to escalate well beyond other states, the nursery industry will be at a disadvantage. Oregon’s nursery and greenhouse industry is proud of its rich heritage of growing outstanding plants — and employing a […]

December 14, 2015 - Ore. Farm Bureau saves Christmas

By Oregon Farm Bureau, …Well, at least the business of Christmas tree farmers in Marion and Polk Counties that use helicopters for harvest. At issue is a recently changed airspace designation around Salem Airport/Independence. On Aug. 20, the Federal Aviation Administration increased the designation of Class D airspace around the […]

December 11, 2015 - House passes Open Book on Equal Access to Justice

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association House Passes Bill to Address Abuse of EAJA The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the House passage of H.R. 3279 Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), requires oversight and transparency of […]

December 9, 2015 - Oregon has millions of zombie trees

By Oregon Forest Research Institute, By Mike Cloughesy, Director of Forestry, Oregon Forest Resources Institute Meet the standing dead. Millions upon millions of gray ghosts blackened by fire, ravaged by insects and disease, or dead from lack of water. These are Oregon’s “zombie” trees. And according to an analysis commissioned […]