February 29, 2016 - Flawed Oregon Utility-Enviro Bill gets national attention

Travis Kavulla, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President, made this guest article in the Wall Street Journal- 2-26-16. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. This is the attitude that large electric utilities in Oregon have brought to their state’s 2016 legislative session. Threatened with a sure-to-pass ballot initiative […]

February 26, 2016 - Attention to Senate GMO Bill

By American Farm Bureau Federation The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors today voted to support efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to move forward with a bill to pre-empt state GMO labeling mandates. “The Senate Agriculture Committee this week is marking up a bill to […]

February 24, 2016 - Oregon Wolf Bill on the move

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association House bill 4040 was brought forward and passed. The bill proposes that the Oregon legislature support the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s decision to delist the wolf. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s decision was made in accordance with an agreement called the Oregon Wolf […]

February 22, 2016 - Local food producers suffer over minimum wage vote

Oregon’s Food Producers Dismayed by Minimum Wage Vote Legislators ignore real concerns from farmers, ranchers and food processors By NW Food Processors Oregon agriculture groups are very concerned that the minimum wage hike passed by the House today threatens the future of farming and food production in the state.   […]

February 19, 2016 - Obama locks up another 1.8 million acres

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association For the 22nd time in his Administration, President Obama has improperly leveraged the Antiquities Act of 1906 to lock up millions of acres of the American West. In a press release touting the designation of Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle […]

February 17, 2016 - Ag alarmed over minimum wage fast-track

By Oregon Farm Bureau, Minimum Wage Headed for a Vote in the House! After over three hours of testimony from advocates for and against the minimum wage hike, the House Committee on Business & Labor passed SB 1532-A* on a party line vote with all Republicans voting against the measure. […]

February 15, 2016 - Blumenauer Bill: Make Malhuer occupiers pay

Congressman Earl Blumenaur Press Release, On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) announced introduction of legislation that will help assuage some of the financial hardship borne by state and local taxpayers in protecting the community while armed militants occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. […]

February 10, 2016 - Farm Bureau makes stand at Capitol

By Oregon Farm Bureau, A 30%+ minimum wage increase. A paid sick leave law that’s unworkable for farmers. Legislation that would increase fuel and energy costs. Bills that would allow a patchwork of local ag regulations. Put them together and it’s a harrowing game of FarmCrush where Oregon farmers and […]

February 8, 2016 - Oregon’s gambling with exotic species

By Oregon Department of Agriculture, Playing the craps table in Las Vegas or buying a lottery ticket for a chance at more than a billion dollars doesn’t seem as risky as gambling that the high number of new, exotic insects, slugs, and other terrestrial invertebrates discovered in Oregon the past […]

February 4, 2016 - Senate Energy Bill Would Be a Win for Oregon

By Oregon Small Business Association, With the Iowa caucus in the rear view mirror and all eyes looking ahead to next week’s New Hampshire primary, it’s easy to lose sight of what is a rare occurrence in Washington – bipartisanship. Specifically, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, introduced by Senators Lisa […]