December 30, 2019 - OSU study sheds new light on bears and salmon

OSU Extension Office, It’s a familiar scene to anyone who’s watched footage of brown bears catching sockeye salmon in Alaska: They’re standing knee-deep in a rushing river, usually near a waterfall, and grabbing passing fish with their paws or jaws. But a new study published in the journal Conservation Letters […]

December 27, 2019 - Better mapping of nation’s broadband gaps

By American Farm Bureau Federation The House of Representatives passed Farm Bureau-backed legislation that will improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps to better identify needs. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act (H.R. 4229) requires broadband providers to report more specific data to create a significantly more […]

December 25, 2019 - Walden: USMCA big win for Ag

Congressmen Greg Walden, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement following the House passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA): “I am glad that the House came together today to pass the bipartisan USMCA and I applaud President Trump for working hard to negotiate this deal. Today is […]

December 23, 2019 - Farm immigration bill heads to Senate

By Kevin Hecteman California Farm Bureau A bill that would give agricultural employees a path to legal status and revamp the H-2A agricultural-visa program has taken a significant step forward. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, sponsored by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., was approved […]

December 20, 2019 - Ag excited over China deal

By National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Colin Woodall issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the U.S. and China have agreed to a phase one trade deal: “The announcement of a phase one deal with China is welcome news for the U.S. beef industry. […]

December 18, 2019 - Q&A with Healthy Forest Director

Oregon Transformation Third Century Solutions, Q and A with Nick Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities You founded the nonprofit Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities in 2013. What is your organization’s mission and why did you found it? Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities (HFHC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit […]

December 16, 2019 - Congress must restore Cascade Siskiyou Monument

Association of O&C Counties, The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) is seeking support from the Oregon congressional delegation for reestablishment of the part of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument that was declared illegal by a federal judge in Washington DC. The Monument near the Oregon/California border was expanded in early […]

December 13, 2019 - Poll: Farmer stress is up

By American farm Bureau Federation, Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help. Based on […]

December 11, 2019 - Forest initiatives lose in court, new ones filed

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, In September, Bev Clarno, the Secretary of State, rejected the anti-forestry initiative petitions 35, 36, and 37 because she believed these petitions violated the single subject rule of the Oregon Constitution. The Secretary of State is granted exclusive authority to determine whether initiative petitions […]

December 9, 2019 - Walden’s Bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act

By Oregon Small Business Association Undocumented farm workers could have a path to legal status under a bill cosponsored by Republican Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, making it easier for farmers to find help. Under the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, HR 4916, farmers would be required to use the government’s […]