November 30, 2016 - A look at Oregon’s record breaking crop years

By Oregon Family Farm Association The Oregon Department of Agriculture  released an analysis of Oregon’s agricultural production from data gathered since the 1860s. The analysis charts Oregon’s development into one of the country’s most agriculturally rich and diverse states—one that, if history is any guide, will continue to evolve and […]

November 28, 2016 - Asian gypsy moth efforts produce big decline

By Oregon Department of Agriculture, After checking approximately 19,000 traps statewide, and about 3,000 specifically in the north Portland area, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is happy to report no detections of Asian gypsy moth following an 8,800 acre eradication project this spring. The good results indicate there will be […]

November 28, 2016 - 5 lawmakers awarded by Nursery Assoc.

Curt Kipp Oregon Association of Nurseries The Oregon Association of Nurseries recently honored five Oregon legislators as “Friends of Nurseries” for 2016. The five earned the recognition for working with the nursery industry to solve issues of concern. “The Oregon Association of Nurseries is focused on solving problems, and we […]

November 23, 2016 - Oregonian wins National Tree Farmer

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced that the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award, will go to the Defrees family of northeast Oregon. Father and son duo, Lyle and Dean Defrees, along with their family, Sharon Defrees, Dallas Hall, Riley […]

November 18, 2016 - US Election, Brexit fuel Ag uncertainty

California Farm Bureau, Global uncertainty fueled by contentious U.S. elections, Britain’s Brexit vote and a lack of growth in national economies formed the theme for the opening talk at an annual agribusiness conference in Fresno. Terry Barr, chief economist with CoBank—a cooperative bank that’s part of the Farm Credit System—said […]

November 16, 2016 - Ag alert over riparian rule, stream buffers

By Oregon Farm Bureau, The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is considering new riparian rules to require additional buffering on small and medium sized Salmon, Steelhead, and/or Bull Trout (SSBT) streams located in western Oregon. The new requirements include: – Increased no harvest buffers, – Increased number of trees left […]

November 14, 2016 - Housing starts down, product prices fall

By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Housing starts are down, mortgage rates are trending up, and wood products markets are in a holding pattern caused by the elections and the trade dispute between Canada and the United States. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are […]

November 11, 2016 - Trade deal during lame duck Congress?

By National Association of Wheat Growers Nine months ago, following the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) called on Congress to rapidly consider and ratify the agreement. After a long and disappointing wait, a real window of […]

November 9, 2016 - Ramifications of spotted frog settlement

By Oregon Farm Bureau, OFB statement on spotted frog settlement SALEM, OREGON, November 2, 2016: “For over 20 years, Central Oregon irrigation districts have worked closely and collaboratively with local family farmers, the Warm Springs Tribe, and other stakeholders to protect the waters of the Deschutes Basin. The two lawsuits […]

November 7, 2016 - WSJ Editorial on Bundy Verdict

Wall Street Journal Editorial The U.S. presidential election this year has produced an “October Surprise” every few days, so why shouldn’t the rest of the country get in on the festivities. One such shocker emerged from Oregon late last week, as a federal jury failed to convict the Bundy brothers […]