May 31, 2019 - Tariff battles gets both better, worse

By Ching Lee California Farm Bureau, Caught in an intensifying U.S.-China trade conflict that has lasted more than a year, some California agricultural products will face additional retaliatory tariffs in one of the state’s key foreign markets. At the same time, farm groups expressed encouragement after the U.S., Canada and […]

May 29, 2019 - Gov. Brown reconsiders wolf delisting

By Oregon Family Farm Association Gov. Kate Brown believes the federal government should continue to protect gray wolves as an endangered species—but not necessarily in Oregon. She wrote a letter to the Trump administration saying she doesn’t support delisting wolves from federal protection, even though Oregon Fish and Wildlife Director […]

May 24, 2019 - Tariff removal now paves way for NAFTA 2.0

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Colin Woodall, released the following statement in response to a deal that will lead Canada and Mexico to drop retaliatory tariffs against U.S. producers: “NCBA is grateful to President Trump for working with Canada and Mexico to […]

May 22, 2019 - Capitol Ag update

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Last week, the Senate approved a large slate of candidates for various state commissions and boards; most notably, the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission. The Governor had recommended five commissioners from around the state, coming from a variety of backgrounds, including conservation, hunting, commercial […]

May 20, 2019 - Oregon Environmental Protection Act goes to Governor

By Oregon Family Farm Association, President Trump has reduced environmental regulations since taking office in January 2017, but several Oregon lawmakers are trying to reverse it. Instead, they passed legislation known as the Oregon Environmental Protection Act that directs state environmental agencies to review federal laws—the Clean Air Act, Water […]

May 17, 2019 - Farm Bureau warns of 3rd wave of tariffs

By American Farm Bureau Federation, America’s farmers need a swift resolution to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a letter to President Trump. The six-year downturn in farm prices that has produced “near-unprecedented economic uncertainty and hardship” is […]

May 15, 2019 - Bill allows farmers to sue over GMO

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Oregon farmers may be able to sue companies that sell genetically engineered seeds—such as Bayer and Sygenta—if their crops become contaminated by those organisms under a bill in the state House. Such contamination can make farmers’ conventional crops unmarketable.

May 13, 2019 - Ag alert: 2 Chlorpyrifos bills

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Dueling Chlorpyrifos Bills Last week, the House Rules Committee held a hearing on HB 2619A, which would ban Chlorpyrifos. The House Agriculture and Senate Environment Committee had already conducted intensive hearings on the issue. The House Agriculture Committee amended and passed HB 3058, which […]

May 8, 2019 - Farm survey shows immigration labor problem

By Jamie Johansson  president California Farm Bureau, “Still Searching for Solutions”: That’s the title we used when we issued results of the latest California Farm Bureau Federation survey to document employee shortages on our state’s farms and ranches. The title refers to a similar survey we conducted in 2017, which […]

May 6, 2019 - Oregon wolves increase 10%

By Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, ODFW Photo: The breeding male of the Walla Walla Pack captured on a remote camera on private property in northern Umatilla County 2/19. State wildlife biologists counted 137 wolves in Oregon this past winter, a 10 percent increase over last year’s count of […]