Rising consumer demands aids organic industry sway
The organic food industry is gaining influence on Capitol Hill, prompted by its entry into traditional farm states and by increasing consumer demand.
Sen. Jeff Merkley is dragged into controversy surrounding IRS scandal on tea party groups
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is being dragged into the partisan infighting surrounding revelations that the Internal Revenue Service wrongly targeted Tea Party groups seeking non-profit status.
Fri May 17, 2013
Christmas tree growers see hope for sales program after 18 months of political purgatory in D.C.
That's the lesson the nation's Christmas tree growers learned as they spent the last 18 months in political limbo.
Organic industry clout grows with consumer demand
22, 2009, file photo, bottles of Heinz organic tomato ketchup are on display inside Costco in Mountain View, Calif.
Thu May 16, 2013
The Miami Herald
Hoe, hoe, hoe! Christmas trees are back, in new farm bill
A Christmas tree-promotion program that pumped up conservative mockery and panicked the Obama administration is back for a second go-around, under a new farm bill.
Tue May 14, 2013
Local TV Station KTVZ
How much will Congress snap from SNAP?
On Tuesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee is marking up its version of a new Farm Bill; Wednesday, it's the House Agriculture Committee.
Schrader shares frustration at Keizer Rotary
The way U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader sees it, not enough of his colleagues in Congress are being honest enough with constituents.
Mon May 13, 2013
DeFazio thinks he can fend off rival for top Democratic spot on resources panel
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is in position to become the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources -- if a couple of elections go his way.
Fri May 10, 2013
Wyden says he will "lay out strategy" this month for a successful O&C forestlands bill
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden says he's preparing to assemble a bill on the state's Oregon and California railroad lands that "can pass the Senate and the House and actually get signed by the president." The Democratic senator chairs the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is a central figure in the debate over management of 2.6 million acres ... (more)
Thu May 09, 2013
CNBC reports plight of Christmas tree growers, stifled by USDA
The plight of Christmas tree growers got national attention with a report by CNBC Wednesday, a story that echoes the situation Michigan growers face as reported last month.
Tue May 07, 2013
Long wait for device identifier gets longer
It's likely to be another seven weeks before the Food and Drug Administration plans finalizes long-awaited regulations that will require manufacturers to mark medical devices with unique identifiers that are expected to help track products during recalls, save money, and improve patient safety.
Feeling Secure, Incumbents Get Their Money Back
After winning in the 2012 election, several members of Congress moved quickly in 2013 to pull back money they had earlier loaned their campaign committees.
Fri May 03, 2013
On Top Magazine
Reps. David Scott, Kurt Schrader: Latest Democrats To Endorse Gay Marriage
In response to an inquiry on the congressman's position, progressive blog Think Progress reported that it received an email from Scott's office which simply read: "Congressman Scott fully supports marriage equality." According to blog JoeMyGod , Scott told a constituent that he was a guest at former Congressman Barney Frank's wedding last summer.
Tue Apr 30, 2013
Time Goes By
Who Could have Stopped the FAA Sequester Exception?
These cuts and others are already in progress and will increase in the coming months due to the "sequestration" law that went into effect on 1 March this year requiring across-the-board, mandatory cuts to the military and all federal agencies and programs.
Sun Apr 28, 2013
Josi: Timber solution needs passing
As the federal government has reduced short-term subsidies to timber-dependent counties and schools, local governments are already struggling to provide law enforcement and other basic services.
Thu Apr 25, 2013
Lake Oswego Review
Schrader pays visit to Main Street
Lake Oswego businesses had that opportunity on Monday when U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, of Oregon's 5th District, stopped at several businesses in downtown Lake Oswego and Lake Grove.
West Linn Tidings
A surprise from Washington, D.C.
The sounds of a band class at Rosemont Ridge Middle School were interrupted Monday when U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon's 5th District paid a surprise visit to personally answer a letter he received from one of the students.
Wed Apr 24, 2013
Kurt Schrader endorses gay marriage, just ahead of MoveOn.org petition campaign
MoveOn.org, the grassroots liberal pressure group, on Wednesday delivered a petition to Rep.