December 30, 2020 - COIVD bill includes PPP changes for farmers

By American Farm Bureau Federation The recently signed Coronavirus aid package includes important benefits for American farmers. Chad Smith has more on important changes to the Paycheck Protection Program.  Margee Wolff Vice President Leadership, Education, & Engagement Smith: The Paycheck Protection Program was designed by Congress to help small businesses […]

December 30, 2020 - Wheat Growers welcome COVID bill

National Association of Wheat Growers, On December 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, sending it to the President’s desk for his signature. The legislation includes all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion in coronavirus relief, […]

December 28, 2020 - Spending Bill includes farm, forest, rural help

Us Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, Merkley, Wyden Announce Investments in Rural Communities Included in Spending Bill Merkley co-authored agriculture spending bill included in the fiscal year 2021 omnibus bill passed by Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley—who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations […]

December 23, 2020 - Oregon Christmas tree results

By Oregon Employment Department, Counting employment in Oregon’s Christmas tree industry is difficult since the production and selling are included in several broad industries with other commodities. It is likely that Christmas tree growing creates the most jobs in this industry, especially during the harvest, which occurs just before the […]

December 22, 2020 - AFRC Supports New BLM Rule to Reduce Wildfire Risks, End ‘Paperwork Protests’

AFRC Supports New BLM Rule to Reduce Wildfire Risks, End ‘Paperwork Protests’ The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today applauded the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for finalizing a new rule streamlining the process for active forest management on BLM-managed lands. The new rule closes a loophole in the public […]

December 18, 2020 - Gray wolf de-listed from Endangered Species

American Farm Bureau Federation, The Department of the Interior announced it has removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list, signaling a successful recovery under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The gray wolf spent more than four decades on the endangered species list. The population is now thriving in […]

December 16, 2020 - AFRC applauds BLM’s new post-fire rule

New BLM Policy Supports Post-Fire Forest Recovery and Reforestation By Nick Smith, The American Forest Resource Council The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) applauded the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for finalizing a new rule expediting post-fire recovery and reforestation efforts on federal lands. Specifically, the rule creates a new […]

December 14, 2020 - December Special Session update

Oregonians for Food and Shelter, The Oregon legislature is currently meeting virtually for “legislative days”, whispering about a special session, and careening towards the 2021 session without much clarity as to how business will be conducted next year. Over the course of this week and next, legislative committees are holding […]

December 11, 2020 - Standing up for farmers in predatory shaken down

American Farm Bureau Federation The American Farm Bureau Federation is standing-up for hundreds of dairy farmers being targeted by predatory lawyers representing the estate of Dean Foods, which is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. Almost 500 dairy farmers who once sold milk to Dean Foods received letters threatening legal action unless […]

December 9, 2020 - Wine company takes risk to rescue smoke impacted vineyards

By Oregon Family Farm Association As California and Oregon wildfires spewed billows of gray smoke and ash into the air, grape growers likely worried that once again they’d find no home for their tainted crop. But they didn’t count on Laurent Montalieu of NW Wine Co. He told a Portland […]