September 30, 2019 - Three environmental petitions rejected

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Initiative Petitions Rejected Late Tuesday afternoon the Secretary of State rejected initiative petitions 35, 36 and 37 [Oregon Psilocybin Services Act, Oregon Forest Waters Protection Act and Protect Forest Waters from Clearcut Logging]. While Secretary Clarno did not provide much detail on her reasoning, […]

September 27, 2019 - Japan deal a big win for US ranchers

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Jennifer Houston issued the following statement in support of a bilateral trade agreement between the United States and Japan that will lower Japan’s massive tariffs on U.S. beef: “Japan is the number one export market for U.S. beef, accounting […]

September 25, 2019 - Haymaker turned lawmaker

By Oregon Family Farm Association, State Representative, 2008-Present, District 17 East Linn County and part of Marion County. On Representing Rural Oregon Sprenger sees herself as a steward of Oregon’s resources. She and her family love hunting, fishing and “just being in the far reaches of the state.” She works […]

September 23, 2019 - Ag update on special Legislative Week

By Oregonians For Food and Shelter, Last week, legislators were in Salem for what’s known as “legislative days.” Committees met to formally organize for the 2019-2020 interim, welcome new members and adopt rules, then got down to business holding informational hearings. Hearings can range from state agency updates to reviews […]

September 20, 2019 - Farmers decry NRCS abuse

By American Farm Bureau Federation Farmers and ranchers are being denied due process as part of an abuse of discretion by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, according to a scathing ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The ruling is highlighted in a letter from the American […]

September 18, 2019 - Walden on wildfire air tanker problems

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden U.S. Representative (R-Hood River) and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today pressed the Forest Service to explain why it has failed to award any ”call when needed” (CWN) contracts to providers of wildfire-fighting large air tankers (LAT). The Oregon lawmakers noted in […]

September 16, 2019 - Sun Sets on 55-Year Potato Co-op

By Oregon Family Farm Association, The mood was upbeat and confident at the Malin Potato Cooperative in February of 2015. The Merrill, Oregon, agricultural co-op was preparing to open a brand-new, $7 million state-of-the-art potato packing plant. The co-op’s members had been convinced the investment would provide a much-needed lift […]

September 13, 2019 - Cattlemen cheer EPA water rule

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s finalization of repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: “Cattle producers are the nation’s original environmental stewards – we work hard to ensure that our natural […]

September 11, 2019 - 1969 farmer predictions for 2019

By Dave Kranz California Farm Bureau, “The heart of the farming operation of the future may very well be a control center equipped with a wide array of electronic wizardry,” reads the description on this illustration from a 1969 Farm Bureau Monthly article previewing agriculture in the 21st century. –Graphic/Ford […]

September 9, 2019 - The women defending ranching in Oregon

By Oregon Family Farm Association Beef is the main product from cattle, widely known and consumed, yet beef by-products span a wide variety of other goods including paint brushes, leather, lipstick, tires, and dish soap. Oregon Cattlewomen (OCW) was founded in 1953 as an organization working to protect the beef […]