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 […]

Iverson: 2020 A Challenging Year For Oregon Farmers But Not Just Because of COVID-19

This was a difficult year for Oregon farmers, but not just because of the coronavirus pandemic. Oregon Farm Bureau President Barb Iverson said the year started off with a difficult legislative session in Salem that focused on climate change, and taxing small businesses. She noted from the very start of the year, the Oregon farming […]

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 […]

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 […]

AFBF: Active Management Of Federal Lands Needed

The American Farm Bureau Federation as well as 13 state Farm Bureaus, which included Washington, Oregon and Idaho, penned a letter last week, urging lawmakers to support the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. AFBF Public Policy Director Ryan Yates says the legislation would provide managers of federal wildlands more resources. “The Emergency […]

West Coast Grape Growers Asking Congress For Help

On Tuesday the wine industry asked Congress for help to rebound from this months’ devastating wildfires. The Washington, Oregon and California farm bureaus, the Washington Winegrowers Association, the Oregon Wine Board, the Oregon Winegrowers Association, California Association of Grape Growers, California Wine Institute, Oregon Wine Board, Winegrape Growers of America, and Wine America asked Congress […]

AFBF Supports Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act

The American Farm Bureau Federation wants Congress to give federal land management agencies additional tools and resources to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires. AFBF and 13 state Farm Bureaus, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, sent a letter Wednesday to Senate leadership supporting the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. The Farm Bureaus […]

Oregon Farm Bureau Working To Address Mental Health Challenges

For many in the Ag industry it’s the elephant in the room: Mental Health. According to several studies, more and more farmers are struggling with some form of mental health issues, whether that’s depression, suicidal thoughts or something else. Lacy Singhose works with the Oregon Farm Bureau reaching out to producers across the state, letting […]

Oregon Farm Bureau Reminding Drivers To Watch For Slow Moving Equipment

With harvest getting underway in earnest across the Inland Northwest, the Oregon Farm Bureau is asking motorist to slowdown and watch for large equipment and implements on are highways. Kristie Glaser Vice Chair of the Oregon Farm Bureau Health and Safety Committee said it is legal for farmers to drive those slow moving pieces of […]

Oregon Farm Bureau Announces Scholarship Winners For 20-21 School Year

On Thursday, the Oregon Farm Bureau announced winners of a variety of scholarships for the upcoming school year. The scholarships were made possible by the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Program. This year, OFB says 17 scholarships were awarded for resulting in $24,000 going to students statewide. “We appreciate the contributions of our donors and […]