September 29, 2017 - National Wheat Growers talk Farm Bill in DC

The Nation’s Wheat Growers Take on Capitol Hill to Talk Farm Bill National Association of  Wheat Growers Visiting almost all House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members and their offices, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) concluded its annual policy Fly-in today. From September 26-27, 2017, NAWG hosted around thirty […]

September 27, 2017 - 80% of Oregon marijuana exported?

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation Much of Southern Oregon sits at the northern tip of the Emerald Triangle, one of the nation’s best marijuana growing regions. The climate is ideal for growing cannabis. The growing season extends into fall and the long warm summers bring little or no rain. […]

September 25, 2017 - Josephine GMO ban ruling, Legislative update

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter Thursday brought a great victory for Oregon agriculture as the Oregon Court of Appeals confirmed the lower court opinion on the Josephine County GMO ban initiative. The GMO ban, passed in May of 2014, was beginning to be implemented by the County in June […]

September 25, 2017 - The miracle of cheese

OSU leads the whey in NW dairy sciences By: Chris Branam Oregon Extension Services  The digital readout on the walk-in cooler displays 43 degrees as Lisbeth Goddik pulls open the door and steps inside. Inside the dim, narrow room—Oregon State University’s equivalent to a European cheese cave—are vacuum-wrapped cheeses stacked […]

September 22, 2017 - USDA and FEMA team up in disaster relief

USDA Makes Disaster Resources Available to Rural Development Borrowers By  United States Department of Agriculture The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development is providing tools and resources to help rural communities recover from the devastation brought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted today. The emergency […]

September 20, 2017 - Oregon delegation requests emergency funding

Oregon Members Push for Emergency Wildfire Suppression Assistance Congressman Peter DeFazio Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), along with Reps. Greg Walden (OR-02), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today sent a second letter to House leaders and the House Appropriations Committee requesting that emergency funding for wildland […]

September 18, 2017 - Rep. Buehler: Oregon wildfire crisis solutions

Guest opinion submitted by Knute Buehler Oregon State Representative and 2018 Governor candidate This summer’s wildfire season has traumatized Oregonians across our state with more than 500,000 acres burned, so far, this summer. Families have lost homes and livelihoods. The special places where we hike, bike and camp are scarred […]

September 15, 2017 - Farm Bureau urges Washington to stop the HIT

Farm Bureau Urges Lawmakers to Stop the HIT for 2018 Via Farm Bureau Citing a recent report that estimates the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax will force families purchasing coverage in the small group market to pay an additional $500 on average in premium costs next year, the American […]

September 13, 2017 - Milk molecules, doing a body good

A New Milky Way? Molecules in milk could enhance human health By: Chris Branam Oregon State University Extension Service  A goat can eat poison oak with impunity. Could that immunity transfer to a person by drinking that goat’s milk?

September 11, 2017 - Effective Oct. 1st: Cellphone ban for Oregon farmers

Ag exemption for cellphone use while driving ends on Oct. 1 Via Oregon Farm Bureau  There’s a national movement to crack down on distracted driving, specifically driving while using a cellphone. This spring, Washington state legislators passed one of the most restrictive distracted driving laws in the country. And Oregon […]