Lawmakers Frustrated Over Communication Between Simpson, Brown Offices

Republican lawmakers from Washington and Oregon have expressed their frustration over conversations focused on a proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams. Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse as well as Cliff Bentz issued a joint statement Wednesday after learning that the office of Idaho Representative Mike Simpson has been communicating with […]

Brown Calls On Lawmakers To Provide More Funding To Expand Broadband Access

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown went before the Joint Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development, urging lawmakers to support her call for investments to expand broadband access statewide. Brown has proposed an $118 million investment, with a focus on providing broadband access to underserved communities that, she says, have been disproportionately impacted during the […]

OLCC: Cannabis Sales Hit Record In 2020

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, recreational-cannabis sales dramatically jumped last year. Citing the coronavirus lockdowns and protests for racial justice, OLCC says 2020 was a record year of business for the state’s marijuana industry. Total marijuana sales in Oregon jumped from $795 million in 2019, to $1,110,520,723 for the year that just ended. […]

Oregon Farm Bureau Files Formal Petition To OSHA

On Monday, the Oregon Farm Bureau filed a formal petition to Oregon-OSHA on behalf of farm housing providers. The petition said the Ag industry seeks common-sense solutions to farm labor housing protections during COVID-19. Samantha Bayer, OFB Policy Counsel, said this is not the first time the farming community tried to work with the state […]

OFB: Executive Order Puts Farmers At Risk

Late last month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown extended an Executive Order she says will protect farm workers from coronavirus. Executive Order 20-58, issued back in April, focuses not only on physical distance, but sanitation and isolation requirements. But Samantha Bayer with the Oregon Farm Bureau says these rules handed down by the Governor hurt both […]

Two Selected For Oregon State Board of Ag

Earlier this week Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of Elin Miller of Roseburg and Josh Zielinski of Salem to serve on the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. Both appointments were effective October 29th, and each will serve a four-year term. Miller and Zielinski will attend their first Board of Agriculture meeting as members […]

Brown Extends COVID Requirements For Ag Workers, OFB Dismayed

On Friday, Governor Kate Brown extended her Executive Order focused on protecting agricultural workers from coronavirus during the off season. Brown said Executive Order 20-58, issued earlier this year, addresses physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation requirements in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s farm workers and surrounding communities. “Agricultural workers […]

Brown Announces Programs To Help Ag Workers Impacted By Coronavirus

Over the weekend, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of a new source of financial assistance for agricultural workers who must self-quarantine during the pandemic. The Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund will provide up to two weeks of financial relief to farm workers, 18 years of age and older, regardless of immigration status. In addition […]

Applications To Help Oregon Producers Meet To Safety Requirements Now Available

Last month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced an emergency program designed to keep farm workers safe during the height of harvest. Now, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced funds to help producers pay for those coronavirus changes. The Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program increased field sanitation measures as well as put more stringent […]