April 29, 2016 - Senate vote hurts Western States

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Votes for permanent reauthorization of controversial federal land acquisition fund WASHINGTON– As part of the Energy Security and Research Bill (S.2012) passed  by the U.S Senate, the Senate inappropriately included a provision permanently reauthorizing the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund with a requirement that […]

April 27, 2016 - Good news on Spotted Frog

By Oregon Farm Bureau, Central Oregon farmers and irrigation mired in the spotted frog issue twice had reason to celebrate in recent weeks. On March 22, the Federal Judge Ann Aiken denied WaterWatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity’s preliminary motion to restrict irrigation flows in their Endangered […]

April 25, 2016 - BLM plan to cost jobs, lose revenue, create wildfires

By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, Advocates for rural Oregon say the Bureau of Land Management’s final proposed Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon will cost rural jobs, threaten public services and leave forests more vulnerable to wildfire, insects and disease. In seeking to adopt a new management plan before President […]

April 20, 2016 - Farmers excluded from dam removal plan

Farmers excluded from dam removal plan Statement from Oregon Farm Bureau April 7, 2016 statement from Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue on the dam removal plan: “Despite asking the Governor’s office to be involved in the dam removal discussions, Farm Bureau was excluded. It’s not clear if there were […]

April 18, 2016 - 17 counties sue over timber plan

Counties Will Sue BLM Over New Management Plan Association of O&C Counties The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its latest proposed management plan for 2.5 million acres of timberland in western Oregon. Today, 17 Counties in western Oregon announced they would challenge the plan in federal court. “We […]

April 13, 2016 - EPA year of trouble for NW farmers

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter It appears that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting more active in the waning days of the current administration. From suing an Oregon farmer for stabilizing a stream bank to potentially placing major restrictions on important pesticide tools to funding billboards in Washington […]

April 11, 2016 - Oregon’s vital water level forecast

By Oregon Department of Ag, What a difference a wet winter makes. All areas of Oregon appear to be in much better shape for the upcoming growing season than one year ago when many farmers and ranchers wondered if there would even be enough water to carry into the summer. […]

April 7, 2016 - Personal story behind farm labor shortage

By American Farm Bureau Federation People are needed to keep a farm running. From repair tasks to driving machinery and checking crops–there’s no shortage of work to be done. Seems simple right? But farm work is real labor. It’s not easy. The job doesn’t include an ergonomic chair, cubicle, scheduled […]

April 6, 2016 - Cattlemen on the lethal action on wolf pack

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife made the difficult decision to enact lethal take on the Imnaha pack after the pack committed five depredations on livestock within the month of March. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is fully supportive of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s […]

April 4, 2016 - Oregon mills closing, cutting production

By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Housing starts, home values, and lumber are climbing only slowly, mortgage interest rates are the lowest in 3 years, and log prices peaked in January, so far this year. One southern Oregon mill closed, another cut production, and forest health management is stalled. […]