March 31, 2021 - Oregon needs their own Drive Tractor to School Day

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Since the 1980’s South Central High School in Farina, Illinois has been hosting Drive Your Tractor To School Day. This event follows National Future Farmers of America Week where nearly a quarter of the students are members of FFA. This is something Oregon should definitely […]

March 30, 2021 - California condors make miracle rebound in NW after 100 years

By US Department of Fish & Wildlife, For the first time in 100 years, the endangered California condor will return to the Pacific Northwest. Once on the brink of extinction, this iconic species has made significant steps towards recovery. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the Yurok […]

March 29, 2021 - Oregon largest windfarm goes to Canada

By Natural Resource Note,   A Canadian company has offered $700 million to purchase Oregon’s largest wind farm, the Shepherds Flat Project in Gilliam and Morrow counties. State officials have approved the transfer of Shepherds Flat, which cost $1.9 billion to construct with the bulk of it coming from federal […]

March 26, 2021 - Congress extends PPP loans

By American farm Bureau Federation, Congress recently approved Farm Bureau-backed legislation that extends the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline by two months, from March 31 to May 31, helping more farmers and ranchers participate in the loan program, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “The existing March 31 deadline […]

March 24, 2021 - List of bad timber bills

By Associated Oregon Loggers, Oregon’s forest sector and agriculture industry are under attack… AGAIN! A handful of BAD bills have been dropped and are gaining traction. We can’t afford to stand by and watch our way of life be misrepresented and misunderstood. It is our duty to make our voices […]

March 22, 2021 - Which Oregon Ag bills are officially dead, still alive?

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, March 19th marked the first deadline for the Oregon legislature. In order to “remain alive” this legislative session, a bill must have been scheduled for a possible work session (aka possible vote in committee) by midnight last Friday. Note that not all bills that […]

March 19, 2021 - Cliff Bentz: Farm Workforce Modernization Act passes House

Oregon Congressman Cliff Bentz Press Release, Congressman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) voted in favor of H.R. 1603 – the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support 247-174. The bill goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Bentz was joined by 29 House Republicans […]

March 14, 2021 - Legislative week in Ag 3/12

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter Last week was hectic as House and Senate policy committees held hearings on a number of controversial bills. Bills are advancing quickly because policy committees are racing to meet two upcoming deadlines. By next Friday, March 19th, bills must be posted for a possible […]

March 12, 2021 - Renewed calls to repeal the estate tax

American Farm Bureau Federation, The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on Congress to remove barriers to farm ownership. Bills aimed at eliminating the estate tax were introduced in the Senate and House Tuesday. Both are supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and 25 cosponsors […]

March 10, 2021 - Oregon bill bans large dairy farms

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Environmentalists and animal welfare groups formed a coalition to ban permitting of large, industrial-sized dairies in Oregon, and they’re making headway in the Oregon Legislature. A bill to halt permitting of mega-dairies—those 2,500 cows or more—has been introduced in the Oregon Legislature. It would prevent […]