March 29, 2017 - Congressman Schrader: Timber Innovation Act

Congressman Kurt Schrader Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Oregon’s Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, have joined Senate and House colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Timber Innovation Act, which aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as building material. “Oregon’s rural economy […]

March 27, 2017 - Oregon Farmers make DC splash

By Oregon Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau members advocate for Oregon ag in DC Farm Bureau members from Oregon were in Washington D.C. Feb. 27-March 1 to meet with federal legislators, sharing their stories and describing how public policy impacts their farms and ranches. They also joined hundreds of Farm Bureau […]

March 24, 2017 - Does Ag have a voice in the Capitol?

By Oregon Cattlemen Association In the midst of an over 1.6 billion-dollar budget shortfall, Oregon’s Legislature is filled with tension as Legislators, agencies, non-profits, and coalitions alike pour through House Bills and Senate Bills day in and day out from February 1st through July 10th. Does any of this really […]

March 22, 2017 - Alarm raised over water tax bills

By State Senator Dennis Linthicum, If a Democrat House member gets his way, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) will load stiff economic, land and water management problems right into the lap of Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, cattle and dairymen. All water right holders will find themselves in a swamp-like slough […]

March 20, 2017 - Bill undermines seed preemption law

By Oregonians For Food and Shelter, Last week there were two OFS priority bills up for hearings. In the morning, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on HB 2469. This bill would undermine the seed preemption law by exempting regulations on GMO crops from preemption. This would […]

March 17, 2017 - BLM bill before President

American Farm Bureau The Senate joined the House in approving a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional input on Bureau of Land Management decisions. The resolution now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. […]

March 15, 2017 - Oregon lawmakers rally against Monument taking

By American Forest Research Council, The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) filed a legal challenge to Presidential Proclamation 9564, an order signed by President Obama in his final days of office nearly doubling the size of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon and Northern California. AFRC President, Travis […]

March 13, 2017 - Ag bills update in Legislature 3/13

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter While there were no OFS priority bills up for hearings this week (3/6-3/10), it was encouraging to see farmers in town testifying on a couple other important issues. The first was on Wednesday in the Senate Workforce Committee where SB 779 was up for […]

March 8, 2017 - Farmers seek Family Leave repair

By Oregon Farm Bureau, On Wednesday, March 8, at 3:00 PM in Hearing Room A, the Senate Workforce Committee will hold a public hearing on Farm Bureau’s bill to clarify the Oregon Sick Time law. SB 779 (and HB 2936) provides a necessary fix for family businesses that are trying to […]

March 6, 2017 - Forest region hits grim milestone

By Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, Covering Idaho, Montana and portions of the Dakotas, Region 1 of the U.S. Forest Service has reached a grim milestone. Over 35,000 acres of forest projects on Region 1 National Forests are stymied by litigation. The amount of timber tied up in lawsuits (355 million […]