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Hearing on SB 633 – Seed Preemption

Tuesday, March 12 at 3:00 at the Capitol    The first legislative hearing on SB 633 will be next Tuesday, March 12, at 3:00 pm.   Come tell legislators why this bill is important to you!   SB 633 would ensure that the regulation of agriculture seed and crops would only occur at the state and […]

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Koba urges Oregon farmers and ranchers to complete Census

February 8, 2013… Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba is asking the state’s farmers and ranchers to complete and return the 2012 Census of Agriculture, if they haven’t already done so. Surveys are still being accepted by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), which conducts the census. “I urge our producers […]

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ODA’s Katy Coba looks back

Katy Coba looks back on 2012 and ahead to 2013 as she assesses Oregon & US ag In many ways, 2012 was a banner year for Oregon agriculture, and that has set up a potentially strong encore in 2013. That’s the assessment of Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba as she reviews the past […]

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News from Congressman Greg Walden

  This week, Rep. Greg Walden joined 54 of his colleagues in sending a letter (see below) to the Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson of the House Agriculture Committee supporting efforts to pass a five-year farm bill to provide farmers and processors with the certainty they need. The letter also urges the continuation of […]

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County anti-biotech effort hits snag

    By MITCH LIES, Capital Press A hearing date has not yet been set for a ballot initiative sponsored by a group seeking to ban the production of genetically engineered crops in Benton County, Ore. The group, GMO Free Oregon’s Benton County chapter, has challenged a county determination that its initiative petition is invalid. […]

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Oregon Seed League Annual Meeting

Oregon Seed League Annual Meeting   December 10 & 11, 2012 Salem Conference Center Salem, Oregon   Industry Speakers Educational Sessions Trade Show Industry Reception Make your hotel reservations directly:   THE GRAND HOTEL in SALEM 201 Liberty St., SE Salem, Oregon 97301 Phone: (503) 540-7800 or Toll-free (877) 540-7800

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Of Interest to Rural Oregonians

Of Interest to Rural Oregonians

On Monday, March 5, 2012, the first annual even-year “short” session adjourned.  While Legislative leadership limited the number of bills introduced, the scope and size of the issues were large and encompassing. This made many in and out of the Capitol wonder if 35 days is enough time to tackle policy issues. From the start, […]

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News from the Oregon farm Bureau

DOL’s Youth Labor Proposal   A newly launched website, Keep Families Farming (http://www.keepfamiliesfarming.com/), allows individual farmers, as well as organizations, to register their concerns about the Labor Department’s youth labor proposal.   DOL last year announced it was considering amending the department’s regulations concerning agricultural jobs that are off-limits to minors. Despite the department’s announcement last […]

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Bill returns land-use laws back to counties | Natural Resource Report

SALEM—Rep. Bill Garrard R-Klamath Falls and Rep. Sal Esquivel R-Medford today testified to the House Judiciary Committee on their bill to help give communities a greater role in their own economic development. HB 4095 allows Jackson, Josephine and Douglas Counties to form an intergovernmental agreement to establish regional definitions under statewide land use law.“As unemployment […]

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Report says Oregon agricultural lands are a good investment

Report says Oregon agricultural lands are a good investment

12/21/2011 The value of Oregon ag land includes family farmers. ODA report argues for thoughtful approach to development Oregon farm land has long-term value that includes economic, environmental, and societal benefits that transcend short-term gains from developing or converting those lands. That’s one of many conclusions offered by an Oregon Department of Agriculture report examining […]

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