February 28, 2018 - Oregon delegation preserves Southwestern Oregon mineral withdrawal

Senator Ron Wyden Oregon lawmakers win fight to protect more than 100,000 acres from mineral development. Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio announced that the U.S. Forest Service has told them it will not revisit a southwestern Oregon mineral withdrawal protecting more than 100,000 acres […]

February 26, 2018 - DEQ testing North Coast water supplies

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality today released a water quality report for groundwater aquifers in western Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

February 21, 2018 - Capitol update: Hemp, Wolf, Taxes, Carbon

By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon’s Legislature continues to grind away during its short “off-year” Session, and the State’s agricultural interests received some attention in mid-February. The House Agriculture Committee passed three bills of interest to Oregon farmers, ranchers and foresters, sending them along to the Joint Ways and Means […]

February 20, 2018 - Senator, Firefighter, Farmer

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Flanking the eastside of the Hood River Valley, and just to the south of Whiskey Creek Road, a fair stretch of Eastside Road winds along miles of winter pear orchards, dotted with vintage farm homes. A modest but dignified, crisp, white, salt-block home has stood […]

February 19, 2018 - Oregon ranks 5th place nationally in vegetable production

Oregon among national leaders in vegetable production Oregon Department of Agriculture When you were growing up, your mom probably told you to eat your vegetables. If those vegetables were grown in Oregon, she likely was doing you a favor. Oregon is well known for high quality vegetable crops, but new […]

February 14, 2018 - Senator Merkley called out for remarks on Greater Sage-Grouse

Cattlemen: Senator Merkley Sage Grouse Statements “Regrettable” and “Out of Touch” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and NCBA Federal Lands, issued the following statement in response to Senator Jeff Merkley’s statements on the 2015 Land Use Plan Amendments for the Greater-Sage Grouse […]

February 12, 2018 - HB 4001 and SB 1507 could deliver significant pollution reductions

Testimony on HB 4001/SB 1507 Regarding Energy Rationing for Environmental Quality Testimony of John A. Charles, Jr. President & CEO, Cascade Policy Institute Regarding HB 4001/SB 1507 Members of the Committee: I have spent the last 45 years of my life promoting environmental quality. I began my career working for […]

February 9, 2018 - Biofuels can reduce carbon emissions 43%

Jake Gibson University of Oregon Student Biofuels made here in the U.S. provide Americans with many benefits outside of the cost savings we enjoy at the pump. However, thanks to the spread of misinformation by petroleum companies, most of the general public is unaware of the positive impact biofuels have […]

February 7, 2018 - HB 4109: Carbon Sequestration Bill

Representative David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford) has long been an advocate for rural Oregon communities and their residents. As a former School Board Member for the Port Orford-Langlois School District; which is the 8th most impoverished School District in the Nation, Curry County Commissioner, Association of Oregon Counties and Association […]

February 7, 2018 - Walden: bridging the “digital divide”

Greg Walden leads hearing on connecting rural America with broadband Congressman Greg Walden Stresses importance of bridging the “digital divide” and improving broadband connectivity in Oregon Continuing his efforts to improve broadband connectivity in rural Oregon, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today led a hearing to examine legislation aimed at […]