Category Archives: Agriculture

Doc Hasting’s response to State of the Union

The following is House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings’ respondse to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“During tonight’s State of the Union address, the President once again spoke about job creation and economic growth, but continued to ignore the economic opportunities that exist through energy production on federal lands and the responsible management of our Nation’s natural resources. Tonight’s speech was further indication that during his second term, President Obama will ensure his Administration is more aggressive in its unilateral pursuit of new regulations and policies that will impede economic recovery. By circumventing Congress through administrative fiat, the Obama Administration has the ability to lock up large swaths of public land from multiple use economic activity, slow federal energy production even further, and impose burdensome new layers of red tape that will destroy job creation potential for millions of American’s still looking for work.

“The President may continue to talk about the need for all-of-the-above energy, but we have learned over the last four years that actions speak louder than words. The Obama Administration has closed off millions of acres of public lands and waters to American energy production, offered the fewest offshore lease sales in the history of the program, and caused energy production on federal lands to significantly decline. Meanwhile, the private sector and individual states—not President Obama and the federal government—can take credit for America’s recent increase in oil and natural gas production. It’s simply difficult to take President Obama seriously when he talks about job creation while flatly ignoring one of America’s largest potentials for job creation.”

Opening on Natural Resource Coordinating Committee

IMPORTANT!  There's an opening for a representative from the agricultural community on the Natural Resource Coordinating Committee.

Federal law requires the BLM and Forest Service to coordinate with local government on any decisions affecting federal land in the local region, providing that the local government has an established Natural Resources plan.

This is the committe that is drafting that plan for Josephine County. Once the plan is in place, federal agencies must comply with the plan and coordinate with the county on any decisions affecting public land within our county.

In the current makeup of the committee, the preservationists slightly outnumber those who advocate the responsible utilization of our natural resources. This opening gives us an opportunity to bring more balance to the committee, and prevent our county coordination plan from being slanted toward preservationism.

If you're concerned about losing the rights to use our pubic natural resources in Josephine County, and want to have a real impact on the future of our county, please apply for this postiion!

The application is available online in either MS Word or PDF format.

Print the application, fill it out, and drop it off at the Commissioners’ office at the County Courthouse on 6th St between A & B Sts.

The deadline is June 23, so don’t put it off. Please apply NOW.

DEQ Takes Aim at Farmers

Urgent Action Alert from Oregon Farm Bureau:

What: Public Hearing for Proposed Water Quality Standards
When: Wednesday, February 2, @ 6:00 PM
Where: DEQ Medford Office
221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201
Farm Bureau contact: Jennifer Shmikler, 503-399-1701 ext. 308

Oregon DEQ is revising the water quality standards regulation. To justify raising water quality standards, DEQ is arbitrarily raising the Oregon “fish consumption rate” from 6 grams of fish per day to 175 grams per day! The new rate equates to two servings of fish per day, per person, for 365 days a year.

DEQ is proposing “Total Maximum Daily Loads” that will require designation of Best Management Practices for “nonpoint sources of pollution” (agriculture). DEQ seeks to enforce these proposed Best Management Practices, even if the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture will not. This will have a significant and costly impact on Oregon farmers and ranchers, which will ultimately impact consumer prices for all food grown in Oregon.

Concerned citizens should submit written comments and attend a public hearing to provide oral comments. There will be a public hearing in Medford on February 2. If you are able to attend, please contact Jennifer Shmikler at the Oregonm Farm Bureau office at 503-399-1701 ext. 308, or by e-mail at The Oregon Farm Bureau will host a conference call for all citizens interested in submitting comments.