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 […]

Bentz Appointed To House Natural Resources Committee

On Monday, eastern Oregon’s Cliff Bentz was appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee. Bentz says the appointment is an excellent fit, and will provide him the opportunity to apply his unique knowledge of water, energy, carbon, forests, minerals, and federal land management. “I am honored to have been appointed to the House Natural Resources […]

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 […]

OSU Program Working To Help Landowners Recover From Wildfires

Oregon State University’s new Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program recently pivoted from fire prevention education to helping landowners recover from recent wildfire losses. Fire Program Manager Carrie Berger said the program shifted it’s focus because it will take years for many to sort through the rubble and rebuild. “We’ve been on the ground […]

ODA awards $250K in Farm to School Grants

On Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced the selection of six awardees for the Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Program. The grant helps Oregon farmers, ranchers, seafood harvesters, and food processors get more of their local products to children state wide, through programs such as National School Lunch Programs (NSLP), Child and […]

Meat Inspection Program Being Discussed During Special Session In Salem

As Oregon lawmakers gather in a special legislative session to address the impact the coronavirus has had on the state’s economy and resources, one piece of legislation being discussed could help the Oregon cattle industry in the long run. Jerome Rosa, Executive Director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association said lawmakers are discussing a return of […]

Some In Oregon Ag Say Cap-And-Trade Is Needed

The 2020 Oregon legislative session starts February 3rd, and from the start, one of the most hotly debates proposals, was a continuation of one of the most hotly debated topics from 2019.  Lawmakers in Salem are looking at Cap-And-Trade, and while most of the Ag industry is opposed to the proposal the way it sits […]