February 27, 2019 - Senator debuts four wildfire fix bills

By Oregon Family Farm Association An Oregon state senator introduced four bills in the state Legislature to help people fighting fires on farmland after a wildfire in July burned 80,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco counties. Sen. Bill Hansell, a Republican from Athena in the 29th District, credited local farmers […]

February 25, 2019 - NW Salmon in decline

Washington Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, OLYMPIA–Despite two decades of efforts to recover them, wild salmon are still declining—and a report released  by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office stresses that adequate funding is needed to turn the tide on the iconic species’ future. In the past 10 years, regional recovery organizations […]

February 22, 2019 - Farmers respond to new EPA water rule

American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation: “The release of a new draft Clean Water Rule is a major step toward fair and understandable water regulation on America’s farms and ranches and other working lands. The previous rule would have treated much of the landscape as […]

February 20, 2019 - Signs of trade war impact on Oregon

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation An escalating trade war between the United States and China, along with tit-for-tat tariffs on imported goods, may curtail business in West Coast ports, reducing labor hours and creating a ripple effect throughout the Pacific Northwest economy. The latest volley in the trade war […]

February 18, 2019 - Bill bans hunting contests

By Oregon Sportsmen Association, People who organize or participate in fishing derbies or hunting competitions could be fined $6,250 and face up to 364 days in jail if a bill introduced in the Oregon State Senate passes. The extreme bill, backed by the Humane Society of the United States, would […]

February 15, 2019 - Ranchers ask 6 BIG questions on Green New Deal

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Center for Public Policy today released new Cost/Benefit Principles that will help guide its decision-making process on various policy proposals regarding climate change.

February 13, 2019 - Feds restore Hammond’s grazing permits

Photo: Dwight Hammond after his Presidential pardon. By Oregon Family Farm Association, A Burns, Ore., rancher convicted of unlawful field-burning that burned federal land was pardoned by President Trump in July and now has received a 10-year renewal of their grazing permit. In one of his last moves before stepping […]

February 11, 2019 - Oregon ammo ban would be nation’s strictest

By Oregon Sportsmen Association, Gun owners in Oregon will see their rights eroded significantly under a proposed Senate bill that would outlaw weapons capable of firing more than five rounds and limit the purchase of ammunition to no more than 20 rounds a month. The bill was proposed by Sen. […]

February 8, 2019 - 4 things Cattlemen want from Congress

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)  released its official Policy Priorities for 2019. The release came as approximately 10,000 members of the cattle industry joined together for its annual convention and NCBA Trade Show, which is being held this week in New Orleans. This year’s […]

February 6, 2019 - Oregon Carbon Bill: A dozen unanswered questions

Partnership for Oregon Communities, Partnership for Oregon Communities released the following statement upon release of cap and trade legislation by the Joint Carbon Reduction Committee. “The bill released is the start of what we hope will be a robust conversation about the costs and benefits of a cap and trade […]