Wyden, Others, Call For Better Pay For Firefighters

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to establish a special pay rate for federal wildland firefighters. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said such a move would help avert critical staffing shortages ahead of the 2022 fire season. Lawmakers sent a letter this week, saying years […]

NW Lawmakers Call For Improved Transparency From USTR

On Tuesday, a Bipartisan group of Senate Finance Committee Members called on the U.S. Trade Representative for improve transparency. Led by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, of Oregon, and Ranking Member, Idaho’s, Mike Crapo, and New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, the lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative asking the office to […]

Wyden, Colleagues Unveil Updated Cattle Market Reform Bill

Earlier this week, several senators introduced an updated version of the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act. Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon, Jon Tester of Montana, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Iowa’s Chuck Grassley unveiled the update to the legislation first introduced in November. The updated legislation allows for more regions, five to seven, encompassing […]

Trevino Withdraws from USTR Chief Ag Negotiator Nomination

Elaine Trevino, the Biden Administration nominee to serve as Chief Ag Negotiator, will take a non-political appointment in the administration. As a result, the White House withdrew her nomination to the trade post at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Senate Finance Committee Chair Oregon’s Ron Wyden, said, “I’m glad to see Ms. Trevino will be […]

Senators Announce Plan to Improve Cattle Market Fairness

Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Montana’s Jon Tester announced this week they are working with Republican Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Deb Fischer of Nebraska rolling out the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act. The compromise cattle market bill is part of the effort to “to return fairness to the cattle marketplace dominated by four […]

Could Stepped-Up Basis Be Removed? No Clear Answer Given

Farmers and ranchers are getting a little nervous that Congressional Democrats may still end their stepped-up basis tax break in favor of a capital gains tax at death. The question of if ending stepped-up basis as a revenue source is still on the table was recently put before Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden, with Oregon’s […]

Ag Groups: Tax Proposals Risk Future of American Farms

The American Farm Bureau Federation, 46 state Farm Bureaus, and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders regarding tax policies and the impact they will have on the farming sector. The letter asks lawmakers to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back […]

Wyden, Merkley, Bentz: Klamath Basin Needs To Prepare For Another Difficult Water Year

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Cliff Bentz released a statement Tuesday focused on the drought conditions in the Klamath Basin. The three met with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the dire water year the southwest corner of the state will face, and the emergency resources needed to provide the community relief. […]

OCA Welcomes Renewed Interest In Cattle Market Legislation

Over the past 18 months, the voices calling for changes in the packing industry have become louder and more numerous. Many livestock producer organizations say ranchers enjoy the profits or margins they should since there are only four major packing companies in the U.S. To that end, Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer has introduced legislation, cosponsored […]

Tai Confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative

By a unanimous 98-0 vote Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Katherine Tai as the next U.S. Trade Representative. Tai had already won a unanimous voice vote in committee. Senate Finance Chair, Oregon’s Ron Wyden called Tai a “terrific person” for USTR. “She led crackdowns against China’s trade cheating and job ‘rip-offs.’ As the top trade staffer on the Ways […]