Miller: Ag Overtime Would Make Farming In Oregon Challenging

House Bill 2358, legislation mandating agricultural employers in Oregon pay overtime wages, once workers pass 40 hours a week, is scheduled to get another public hear Monday afternoon in the House Committee on Business and Labor. Elin Miller Co-chair of the Oregon Wine Council says the proposal would put a huge financial burden on growers […]

Moss: More Unites Us Than Divides Us

The umbrella of Oregon Ag is diverse and far reaching, which is one of the industry’s many strengths according to Oregon Farm Bureau’s Anne Marie Moss. Moss has served as the organization’s communication director since 2004, and in that time she says she’s learned many truths about the Oregon farmer. First, diversity in size and […]

OFB Asking Farmers To Voice Support For House Bill 2334

The Oregon Farm Bureau is asking the Ag community to vocalize their support of House Bill 2334, which is scheduled to have a hearing Thursday. Samantha Bayer, Policy Council with the Oregon Farm Bureau, said HB 2334 focuses on reinforcing the original goal of the Small Business Impacts and Analysis, originally passed in 2005. That […]

Hammond Grazing Permits Pulled

On Friday, a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to Hammond Ranches in the Burns, OR area. Steven Hammond and his father Dwight were both convicted of arson for setting fire to rangeland that eventually spilled on to federal property. The two men […]

Oregon’s Iverson Selected To Chair AFBF YF&R

Jon Iverson was recently elected chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. The Woodburn-area farmer says he’s excited to have the opportunity to represent Oregon and all of the west. “YF&R has been really important to me just because it gives an opportunity to grow young members, give them […]

Nominations Now Accepted For Century, Sesquicentennial Farms In Oregon

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is now accepting applications for their 2021 century and sesquicentennial awards. To qualify, the original property has to have been in the same family for 100 or 150 years. Program Coordinator Andrea Kuenzi said the award began back in 1958 to honor Oregon’s Ag industry and to start […]

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 […]