March 30, 2018 - Farm Bureau warns of trade blowback

By American Farm Bureau Federation The following statement on possible trade retaliation by China against U.S. farm exports may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “If the trade situation continues to deteriorate, our lives as farmers and ranchers will become more difficult. America’s farmers and ranchers […]

March 28, 2018 - Klamath Basin drought crisis, 4000 jobs at risk

By Oregon Family Farm Association Severe water shortages and mountain snowpack levels less than half of average prompted a drought declaration for the Klamath Basin and the offer of federal assistance to help farmers curtail wind erosion on their land. Earlier this month, Governor Kate Brown signed the drought declaration […]

March 26, 2018 - Walden praised for $65M rural timber funds

By Association of O&C Counties The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) recognized Congressman Greg Walden for his role in securing a funding offset for the extension under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS). The funding is included in the recent budget agreement reached by U.S. House […]

March 23, 2018 - Bipartisan timber plan part of budget deal

By The American Forest Resource Council, AFRC Applauds Bipartisan Agreement on Federal Wildfire Funding, Forest Management Solutions.  The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), a trade association representing logging and milling companies in the West, today applauded a bipartisan agreement to include federal wildfire suppression and forest management reforms in the […]

March 22, 2018 - Trump tariff backlash, Keg company 30% layoff

Editorial, Wall Street Journal American Keg Company is the only remaining U.S. manufacturer of stainless steel beer kegs. Despite competition from German and Chinese firms, American Keg has only used domestic steel. But now it’s being punished for this domestic sourcing as Donald Trump’s steel tariffs have forced the business […]

March 21, 2018 - Big lawmaker turnover = wild 2018

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter This year, there has been an unusually large number of retirements, leaving many seats to be open (no incumbent) or have an incumbent who was appointed since the 2016 election and are facing voters for the first time. While primary elections are important in […]

March 18, 2018 - 7 messages of Oregon Ag week

By Oregon Department of Ag. Oregonians and citizens across the United States have a chance to say thank you to the nation’s farmers and ranchers this coming week. Once again, Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor is providing a theme for each day. “Agriculture is the backbone of our […]

March 14, 2018 - Oregon Farm Bureau: Short Session round-up

Oregon agriculture fared well in 2018 Oregon Short Session By the OFB Governmental Affairs team After a marathon 28-day session, the Legislature officially adjourned the 2018 Oregon Short Legislative Session on Saturday, March 3. Early signals indicated that the 2018 session would be divisive and potentially harmful to farmers and […]

March 12, 2018 - TPP could be big loss for Oregon wheat

Oregon Wheat The Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission joined with 33 other national and state wheat organizations, in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer asking that the Administration immediately prioritize efforts to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to save the valuable Japanese market for […]

March 7, 2018 - Lifeline funding for rural counties

Senator Ron Wyden Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., along with a bipartisan group of members of Congress and county commissioners from across the country, today urged Congress to provide long-term, lifeline funding for rural counties in upcoming must-pass legislation.