January 31, 2018 - Oregon Far Bureau lays out 2018 legislative priorities

OFB priorities for 2018 Oregon Legislature The 2018 Oregon Legislative Session starts on Feb. 5. From the first gavel drop, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Government Affairs staff will be at the capitol representing the interests of Farm Bureau members and advocating for the unique needs of Oregon agriculture.

January 29, 2018 - Dam project could see devastating effects in Willamette Valley

Dam project could have severe impact on farmers Oregonians For Food and Shelter A major proposal to boost fish passage and stabilize the water temperature at Detroit Dam could leave irrigators high and dry for up to two years in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The North Santiam River flows past fields […]

January 24, 2018 - New research could end tobacco use

Innovative Technology Can Reduce Tobacco Harm and Save Oregonians Tax Dollars Cascade Policy Institute By Steve Buckstein To eventually end cigarette use in America, rather than rely on tobacco taxes, public service announcements, and restrictions on cigarette use, we might look toward innovation. New technologies hold out the promise of […]

January 22, 2018 - Oregon to take center stage at the Capitol

Peter DeFazio Applauds U.S. Forest Service Decision to use Oregon Tree as Capitol Christmas Tree Congressman Peter DeFazio Rep. Peter DeFazio today applauded the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to use a tree from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest as the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree will be a gift […]

January 19, 2018 - Dumping NAFTA would doom farmers

By Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal 1,18,18 In a Wall Street Journal interview last week, President Trump said if he were to “terminate” the North American Free Trade Agreement, it “would be frankly a positive for our country.” This bluster could be a negotiating ploy before the next trilateral Nafta […]

January 17, 2018 - Bipartisan efforts save local water source

Walden bill to protect Mt. Hood, local drinking water source, signed into law Congressman Greg Walden Eff legislation authored by Oregon Reps. Greg Walden and Earl Blumenauer, and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to help protect Mt. Hood and Crystal Springs, the local water source for communities in the […]

January 15, 2018 - Will DEQ expand authority on pesticides

Oregon eyes expanding pesticide authority At question is whether the Department of Environmental Quality will expand its authority and by extension give environmentalists grounds to file civil suits. Editorial Oregonians For Food And Shelter We think Oregon farm and forest interests are justifiably anxious as the state Department of Environmental […]

January 10, 2018 - Legislature, Ballot Measure important to Ag

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter This year, we have a “short” legislative session which begins on February 5th and runs through March 11th. Legislators have strict limits on the amount of bills they can introduce this year (2 in the House and 1 in the Senate), so we don’t […]

January 10, 2018 - Current snowpack below average

Oregon’s 2018 water supply outlook: snowpack below average, but many months remain to catch up United States Department of Agriculture All basins in Oregon are experiencing below to well below normal snowpack but the season is still early, according to the first water supply outlook report of the year released […]

January 8, 2018 - Oregon mills can’t keep up with demand

By Rick Sohn, PhD Coquille Lumber Log prices continue to rise, in record territory. Starts in single family homes are the highest levels in 10 years, per Random Lengths. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared.