December 30, 2016 - Two China trade violations advance

By National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome two trade dispute actions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) challenging Chinese government policies that distort the wheat market and harm wheat growers throughout the rest of the world by […]

December 28, 2016 - Oregon still faces drought impact

 Oregon Association of Nurseries When it comes to water issues, the Oregon Association of Nurseries is very active and involved, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. Stone was a guest on the Water Zone talk radio program last week, which originates in Loma Linda, California. He gave the nursery industry […]

December 26, 2016 - Farm Bureau 2016 winners!

Oregon Farm Bureau, We offer a heartfelt thanks to the more than 200 Farm Bureau members who traveled from all parts of the state to attend the 84th OFB Annual Meeting, Dec. 6-8 at the Salem Convention Center. Volunteer leaders were honored, experts shared useful knowledge in a variety of […]

December 23, 2016 - Add reindeer, Bigfoot to Endangered Species?

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association After reviewing the report released on Wednesday by the Endangered Species Coalition, entitled “Removing the Walls to Recovery: Top 10 Species Priorities for a New Administration,” the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association announced today several additional species overlooked by the report.

December 21, 2016 - Early bill drafts impacting AG

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter It was a busy week around Salem as legislators gathered for the December Legislative Days . As is the case with all interim legislative committee meetings, they don’t consider any bills but hold “informational hearings” that give a preview of the issues that are […]

December 19, 2016 - Housing hits 9-year high

By Rick Sohn, PhD Umqua Coquille LLC Housing starts achieved a new 9-year high, while interest rates jumped 56 basis points to 4.03%. Logs topped 700 for the first time in 20 months. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2009 and 2005. * […]

December 16, 2016 - IRS rule a tax threat to family ranchers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigenerational Cattle Operations Cattlemen Call for Proposed IRS Regulation to be Withdrawn  The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities. Kevin Kester, National […]

December 14, 2016 - Ag Alert: EPA-Oregon rule

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter In late 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a major update to the Worker Protection Standards (WPS). These rules apply when most pesticide products are used on an agricultural establishment. You can read the updated EPA rules HERE. And an OFS overview can […]

December 12, 2016 - Gov. Brown at odds with ranchers

By Oregon Cattlemen Association Jim Bittle, a recent appointee to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, is clearly a valid and bona-fide stakeholder in Oregon wildlife management. A boat builder who advocates for fish and sportfishing, I am sure he would carefully consider his positions as a member of the […]

December 9, 2016 - Obama’s last minute BLM power move

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The Bureau of Land Management released a final version of BLM planning 2.0. Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association federal lands said this process radically alters federal land management planning and moves the agency away from its mandate […]