Southern Oregon Ag Online http://southernoregonagonline.com agriculture in Southern Oregon Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:25:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Asian bird flu in Oregon http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/asian-bird-flu-in-oregon/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/asian-bird-flu-in-oregon/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:25:25 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6629 A flock of home raised chickens has been discovered in Winston Oregon, according to reports.  While reports say the virus does not necessarily infect humans, It does damage to flocks many thousands of the bireds have to be put down to insure that the disease does not spread.  We’ll pass along more information when it becomes available.

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OFB Update – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-8/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-8/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:32:30 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6627 Oregon Dept. of Ag asks farmers to take online survey

The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Development & Marketing Team needs to hear from you! ODA is conducting a survey to ensure it offer services that meet the needs of the agricultural industry and to better serve you.

Take the survey

Please complete the survey by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Information provided in this survey will be used for internal purposes only and deemed exempt from public disclosure under ORS 192.501 to 192.502, unless the public interest requires disclosure in the particular instance.

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OFB Update – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-7/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-7/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:31:32 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6625 Farm Bureau Supports Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

A Kansas Farm Bureau board member testified before a House subcommittee this week in favor of passing the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432).

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would help consumers understand the difference between real food safety concerns and marketing ploys by providing a national labeling standard, set by the Food and Drug Administration. Kansas Farm Bureau board member Stacey Forshee said in Thursday’s Newsline that mandatory labeling of foods with biotechnology traits only adds to the misconceptions surrounding GMOs.

“Making a label mandatory is only going to mislead the consumer into thinking that those foods are different than conventionally grown food,” Forshee said. “We feel at Farm Bureau there needs to be a national approach to labeling, and having FDA being a science-based voice for the consumer would be a very good thing.”

In related news, proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome. The Yes on 92 campaign said there are no legal options remaining that could lead them to victory, according to Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat, a NewsBites article.

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OFB Update – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-6/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-6/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:28:52 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6623 Farm Bureau Proud at 82nd OFB Annual Meeting

About 200 Farm Bureau members from around Oregon arrived in Gleneden Beach last week for the 82nd OFB Annual Meeting, Dec. 10-11, and had a great few days of grassroots policy work, state and national ag issue updates, exceptional speakers, fun, and fellowship.

The event kicked off with the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee’s Communication Skills Conference, followed by the YF&R dinner and mock discussion meet.

At the heart of the annual meeting was the convening of the OFB House of Delegates, a grassroots body comprised of family farmers and ranchers from across the state. The group met to discuss and vote upon OFB Policy, elect members of the OFB Board of Directors, and hear presentations from distinguished guests, including Congressman Greg Walden (by video); Dr. John Dardis, ag expert with the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC; Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz; Ron Anglin of Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife; Ryan Yates of American Farm Bureau; Paulette Pyle of Oregonians for Food & Shelter; Katie Pearmine of Oregon Food Bank, among others.

Special congratulations to newly elected OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne of Baker County, who had served as 3rd Vice President since 2010. Also to newly elected OFB 2nd Vice President Angela Bailey of Multnomah County, and reelected OFB 3rd Vice President Barb Iverson of Clackamas County. Welcome to new OFB Regional Directors on the board, Carol Marie Leuthold of Tillamook County and Larry Duyck of Washington County.

Also, congratulations to the county Farm Bureau presidents newly elected this year: Don Anderson, president Columbia County Farm Bureau; Matthew Brady, president of Douglas County Farm Bureau; and John Moxley, president of Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau.

This has been an exceptional year in many ways for Farm Bureau, and the number of awards given during the OFB Annual Banquet on Dec. 11 reflected that.

Congratulations to all award winners! (See press releases on all recipients listed below: http://www.oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/ )

Klamath County’s Tracey Liskey inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

Jackson County’s Ron Bjork inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

Baker County’s Peggy Browne elected as Oregon Farm Bureau 1st Vice President

Multnomah County’s Angela Bailey elected OFB 2nd VP & honored with Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman Award

Oregon Farm Bureau thanks retiring OFB Board members

Jackson County’s Glenn Archambault honored with Farm Bureau Top Hand Award

Grant County’s Shaun Robertson honored with Farm Bureau Top Hand Award

Coos County’s Sharon Waterman honored with Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman Award

Four receive Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Awards

Yamhill County’s Marie Schmidt honored with Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award

OFS’s Paulette Pyle honored with Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award

Klamath County’s Bob Flowers honored with Farm Bureau Memorial Award

Find many photos from throughout the OFB Annual Meeting here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/16289643@N08/ (Also find photos on OFB’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ofbinfo or send a request to annemarie@oregonfb.org )

See the Capital Press story on OFB President Barry Bushue’s address to the House of Delegates: Farm Bureau leader recounts “whirlwind year”

Also a big thank you to Dec. 9 social hour sponsor Capitol Chevrolet and Dec. 10 lunch sponsor COUNTRY Financial.

Thank you to all the Farm Bureau members who made a trip to the coast for the OFB Annual Meeting. You make us #FarmBureauProud!

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Shasta Livestock sale December 19 http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/shasta-livestock-sale-december-19/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/shasta-livestock-sale-december-19/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:11:41 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6621 RECEIPTS:   This Week: 2183 Last Week: 1538 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Following a tremendous drop in the futures the last 10 days, we saw some positive gains the last 2 days. Slaughter cows & bulls steady. Wide range in all classes. Top cattle under 500# $10-$30 higher, over 500# mostly $5-$10 lower. Off lots & singles $40-$100 lower than top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress           Breakers: 103.00-109.00 110.00-118.00           Boneing: 95.00-102.00           Cutters: 82.00-94.00                         BULLS 1 & 2: 103.00-118.00 119.00-129.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 330.00 to                     400.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 376.00 to                     380.00 2 sets 450-500 280.00 to                     342.50 500-550 240.00 to                     276.00 550-600 240.00 to                     271.00 600-650 220.00 to                     243.50 650-700 210.00 to                     235.00 700-750 200.00 to                     220.00 750-800 180.00 to                     209.00 800-900 170.00 to                     204.00  FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 275.00 to                     325.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 275.00 to                     315.00 450-500 235.00 to                     280.00 500-550 210.00 to                     253.00 550-600 200.00 to                     235.50 600-650 200.00 to                     228.00 650-700 190.00 to                     216.00 700-750 196.00 to                     200.00 2 sets 750-800 183.00 to                     198.00 800-900 170.00 to                     180.00                                   PAIRS: Full mouth pairs $2800-$2700, Broken mouth $2000-$2850                        CALVY COWS: Full mouth $2200-$2950, Broken mouth $1750-$2400 NEXT WEEK (Dec. 26): No sale – Merry Christmas

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S.2379 – 113th Congress 2013-2014: Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2014 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/s-2379-113th-congress-2013-2014-klamath-basin-water-recovery-and-economic-restoration-act-of-2014-congress-gov-library-of-congress/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/s-2379-113th-congress-2013-2014-klamath-basin-water-recovery-and-economic-restoration-act-of-2014-congress-gov-library-of-congress/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:09:01 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6619 Introduced in Senate 05/21/2014Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2014 – Ratifies the Hydroelectric Settlement Settlement, the Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreement for the Sustainability of Public and Trust Resources and Affected Communities Restoration Agreement, and the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement Upper Basin Agreement, except as modified by this Act.Lists the Klamath Reclamation Project’s authorized purposes. Prohibits water allocations for fish, wildlife, and National Wildlife Refuges purposes from adversely affecting water allocations for irrigation purposes, with the exception of allocations to refuges as provided for in the Restoration Agreement.Provides for the disposition of net revenues from the leasing of refuge land within the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.Authorizes the release of specified water rights claims against the United States by the Klamath Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, and the Yurok Tribe.Amends the Klamath Basin Water Supply Enhancement Act of 2000 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain water, power, and ecosystem restoration programs that are consistent with the Agreements.Establishes in the Treasury the Klamath Tribes Tribal Resource Fund.Sets forth provisions concerning: 1 removing the Iron Gate Dam, the Copco No. 1 Dam, the Copco No. 2 Dam, and the J.C. Boyle Dam; 2 transferring the Keno Dam to the United States; 3 surrendering the East Side and West Side Developments associated with the Link River Dam; 4 relicensing PacifiCorp’s Fall Creek Dam; and 5 transferring the title of the Iron Gate Hatchery from PacifiCorp to California.

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Jackson County’s Glenn Archambault honored with Farm Bureau Top Hand Award http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/jackson-countys-glenn-archambault-honored-with-farm-bureau-top-hand-award/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/jackson-countys-glenn-archambault-honored-with-farm-bureau-top-hand-award/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:50:07 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6617 Jackson County’s Glenn Archambault honored with Farm Bureau Top Hand Award

Glenn Archambault, vice president of Jackson County Farm Bureau, was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Top Hand Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 82nd OFB Annual Meeting in Gleneden Beach, Dec. 10-11, 2014.

The Top Hand Award is given to individuals who have devoted an exemplary amount of time and energy toward furthering the goals of Oregon Farm Bureau. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated by their county Farm Bureau. Recipients are selected by the OFB Membership & Recognition Committee.

“Glenn Archambault is an exceptional Farm Bureau volunteer leader and an avid promoter of Oregon agriculture. He’s active in numerous public forums, offering a farmer’s perspective on the hot topics of the day, including GMOs and water use issues,” said OFB President Barry Bushue. “Glenn’s efforts are an excellent example of why Farm Bureau’s grassroots network is so effective. We are proud to recognize him with an OFB Top Hand Award.”

A sheep rancher for more than 25 years in Pheonix, Ore., Archambault serves as vice president of Jackson County Farm Bureau and also on the local Farm Services Agency committee.

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OFS’s Paulette Pyle honored with Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofss-paulette-pyle-honored-with-oregon-farm-bureau-presidents-award/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/ofss-paulette-pyle-honored-with-oregon-farm-bureau-presidents-award/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:48:59 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6615 OFS’s Paulette Pyle honored with Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award

Paulette Pyle, Director of Grassroots for Oregonians for Food & Shelter, received the 2014 Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award from Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue during the 82nd OFB Annual Meeting in Gleneden Beach, Dec. 10-11, 2014.

The OFB President’s Award honoree is selected by the sitting OFB president and is given to an individual who has displayed an outstanding level of vision, service, and leadership for the betterment of Oregon family agriculture.

“The Oregon agriculture and natural resource communities have benefitted immeasurably from Paulette’s effective advocacy,” said Bushue. “Paulette possesses a passion and a work ethic that are unsurpassed — and she has the audacity to tackle the tough issues in the legislature, working tirelessly on behalf of Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters. “

“Few people will ever have the impact on Oregon agriculture and natural resources that Paulette Pyle has had in her career, which has spanned more than three decades,” said Bushue. “For those reasons and more, I am honored to give her the 2014 Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award.”

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Peggy Browne elected as Oregon Farm Bureau 1st Vice President http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/peggy-browne-elected-as-oregon-farm-bureau-1st-vice-president/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/peggy-browne-elected-as-oregon-farm-bureau-1st-vice-president/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:48:00 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6613  

Peggy Browne elected as Oregon Farm Bureau 1st Vice President

 

At the 82nd Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Gleneden Beach, Dec. 10-11, 2014, Peggy Browne of Baker County Farm Bureau was elected to the position of OFB 1st Vice President by the OFB House of Delegates, a grassroots body comprised of family farmers and ranchers from all parts of Oregon.

 

As OFB 1st Vice President, Browne will preside over House of Delegates meetings and will assist OFB President Barry Bushue, among other duties.

 

Before being elected to her new position, Browne had served as OFB 2nd Vice President since 2010. A former president of Baker County Farm Bureau, she operates a family cattle ranch, along with a natural resource consulting firm, in North Powder.

 

[PHOTO CAPTION: Peggy Browne thanks the OFB House of Delegates for her election as 1st Vice President of Oregon Farm Bureau.]

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Jackson County’s Ron Bjork inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/jackson-countys-ron-bjork-inducted-into-oregon-farm-bureau-hall-of-fame/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2014/12/jackson-countys-ron-bjork-inducted-into-oregon-farm-bureau-hall-of-fame/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:56:58 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6610 Jackson County’s Ron Bjork inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

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Ron Bjork with OFB president Barry Bashue and Vice President Dave Dillon.

Ron Bjork, president of Jackson County Farm Bureau, was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 82nd OFB Annual Meeting in Gleneden Beach, Dec. 10-11, 2014.

The Hall of Fame, established in 1996, is the highest award given by Oregon Farm Bureau. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated by their county Farm Bureau and must have at least 35 years of active involvement in the organization. Inductees are selected by the OFB Membership & Recognition Committee. Bjork is the 27th Farm Bureau member to be added to the OFB Hall of Fame.
“I am honored to induct Ron Bjork into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame,” said OFB President Barry Bushue. “For decades, Ron has served as a faithful member of the OFB House of Delegates representing Jackson County, as an active participant on county and statewide Farm Bureau agriculture issue committees, on countless initiatives and events at the county level, and as an effective spokesperson for Farm Bureau and Oregon agriculture as a whole.”

A passionate advocate for farmers and ranchers in his community, Ron is a well-spoken and informed participant in the debate on biotechnology in Jackson County. Farm Bureau believes that all types of agriculture — organic, conventional, biotech, and no-tech — are valuable and necessary to meet consumers’ wants and needs. Farm Bureau strongly believes that family farmers and ranchers are the best people to decide what types of crops and/or animals to raise, and which types of production tools are best suited to their own operations and customer bases.

“Ron has been on the front lines of the biotech debate and in the trenches fighting against ballot measures that would take needed tools away from farm and ranch families,” said Bushue. “A man of action and results more than mere words and plans, he has appeared in newspapers, on the radio, and on television countless times to promote science-based and rational public policy around technology options for farms.”

A proud Farm Bureau member since 1964, Ron’s current tenure as president of Jackson County Farm Bureau began in 2000. He also served in the position two other times in his 50 years of active Farm Bureau membership.

Ron raises beef cattle and hay on his third-generation ranch in Eagle Point. He and his wife of 34 years Cheri have three daughters and five grandchildren.

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