November 29, 2019 - 2019 Preserving Family farms Act

by American Farm Bureau Federation, A bill introduced today to help more farm families continue their livelihoods after the death of a loved one has the full support of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Preserving Family Farms Act of 2019 is sponsored by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Jackie […]

November 27, 2019 - Legal wins for Oregon timber, rural communities

Federal Court Decisions on O&C Lands Deliver Major Victories for Rural Oregon Travis Joseph AFRC President, A federal court issued two major decisions relating to the management of Western Oregon O&C lands. In one decision Judge Richard Leon invalidated President Barack Obama’s proclamation expanding the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument on […]

November 22, 2019 - Farm Bureau presses changes to Labor Bill

President Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation “Legislation advanced by the House Judiciary Committee falls short of a long-term solution to farm labor shortages, which constitute one of the most significant barriers to farm success in several regions of the country. “Before the bill was introduced, modifications were made in […]

November 20, 2019 - Broad-based coalition files new petition

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Initiative Petitions Continued to be Filed The redistricting of Congressional and Legislative Districts happens every 10 years. Oregon’s population growth means we stand to gain a Congressional district after the 2020 Census. To ensure the process for drawing voting district boundaries is fair and […]

November 18, 2019 - Senator Betsy Johnson: Protecting our dairy farms

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Women voices in Ag spotlight: State Senator Betsy Johnson, Oregon Senate, 2005-Present, District 16 Cities west of Portland from Scappoose to Tillamook up to Astoria. Oregon House of Representatives, 2001-2005. Agriculture Background Johnson grew up in Central Oregon, where she came to realize the importance […]

November 15, 2019 - Congress aims to increase soil carbon

National Association of Wheat Growers, Agri-Pulse: Look to the Soil, Committee Told House lawmakers who are searching for ways farmers can help address climate change are focusing on the potential benefits of increasing soil carbon. “Soils store two to three times more CO2 than the atmosphere and two to five […]

November 13, 2019 - Proactive Timber Measures Filed

By Oregonians For Food and Shelter, Proactive Timber Measures Filed Professional foresters and forest landowners filed a package of citizen initiatives for the November 2020 General Election aimed at protecting the rights and proven forestry practices being put at-risk from radical anti-forestry ballot initiatives currently being pursued by environmental extremists. […]

November 11, 2019 - Oregon among world’s fastest tree growing areas

By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s […]

November 8, 2019 - Ranchers support Hours of Service Bill

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation by U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (D – 2nd Dist., Minn.) and Lloyd Smucker (R – 11th Dist., Penn.) that would provide flexible and common-sense relief from Hours of Service (HOS) rules for agricultural haulers. The […]

November 6, 2019 - 2019 Legislature and landowner rights

By Oregon Property Owner Association, At long last, the 2019 Oregon Legislature adjourned on June 30.   The session was dominated by big issues – taxes, climate change, rent control, criminal law etc. and cooperation between legislators was almost non-existent.  But despite emotions, high drama, and big issues, a number […]