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“If not us, who? If not now, when?” These questions have been posed by many over the years in an attempt to draw attention to causes both large and small. For Farm Bureau farmer and rancher me…

Our company, Freres Lumber Co., wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the people who work for us. More than 450 employees strong, Freres Lumber relies on its community as much as the…

We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for U.S. farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While the pain is not evenly spread across the na…

I read your “Our View” of April 5 and agree but have one complaint. When I was born the world population was a little over 2 billion. Now it’s well over 7 billion. As long as the government (a…

Although the saying “Failure means you’re trying” is supposed to bring comfort, hearing it doesn’t always make it easier to accept our failures.

Too often, science and facts fall victim to fear mongering and emotion. Recently, we have seen an uptick in false narratives around wheat growers’ use of the herbicide glyphosate. The reality …

Farmers are closely watching the Trump administration as it negotiates new trade treaties with Asian nations such as China and Japan. But another treaty negotiation closer to home could have a…

The “Green New Deal” appears too similar to Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward,” which he initiated after he came into power in 1948. His goal was to transform industry and collectivize farms.

Sustainability is a word we hear a lot today. For a cattle rancher it has a lot of meanings. Just like any business, our ranch must be financially stable. We must make enough to support our fa…

BOISE — St. Patrick’s Day bears some unique traditions. The idea that forgetting to wear green for the day could cause you to get pinched could be described by some as crazy or even loony. Yet…

Why do we continue to elect attorneys to public office? They are enough of a problem when in private practice. To add insult to injury, people re-elect them again and again. In Congress, we ha…

As reported by Don Jenkins, Capital Press, Friday, March 8, Michael Stumo, head of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, spoke at the National Farmers Union convention, March 3 in Bellevue, …

I appreciate the article y'all wrote about the exemption request from the 2005 Travel Management Rule for the Wallowa Whitman & Malheur National Forests. The title of the article, however,…

During Agricultural Safety Awareness Week (March 3-9), the Oregon Farm Bureau Health & Safety Committee reminds farmers and ranchers to remember the importance of hearing protection.

A Capital Press Feb. 21 editorial correctly questions cap-and-trade legislation currently in the Oregon legislature. It states that this law would increase costs of fossil fuels used by agricu…

Growing up in Eastern Washington, agriculture was the formative experience of my life. I could look out the living room window of my family home and see fields of wheat ripening, corn tasselin…

If the question could be resolved via citizens’ initiatives, there’s little doubt about the outcome: Pacific Northwest states would follow California in supporting a move toward year-round day…

A recent report published in the Lancet medical journal claims that people must drastically reduce their meat and dairy consumption to be healthy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change is real, and as Republican Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we are focused on solutions. A serious, solutions-oriented discussion about how to address this ch…

New York Congresswoman and socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC to the tabs), along with a group of other Democrats in Congress, last week released the framework for a 10-year plan to fight…

Al Garre’s farm represents the kind of agriculture Portlanders love — a small, family operation bringing fresh vegetables and other edibles to local tables. That makes it all the more interest…

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed spending $750,000 to study the removal of four dams on the Snake River to provide more salmon for the orca pods that seasonally forage off our coast.

Two articles, one in the Jan. 18 Capital Press, “A Wall Doesn’t Solve the Immigration Issue,” and the Jan. 25 issue, “The Wolves Are Coming to Town,” both show the lack of concern for the safe…