Senator Wyden continues to push for farm policy that addresses the needs of Oregon’s many specialty crop, fruit and vegetable growers. During negotiations over the most recent Farm Bill (2008), Wyden pushed provisions like the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program which are together bringing nearly $700 million into the state over ten years.
The bill also included provisions authored by Senator Wyden that provided millions in mandatory funding for advanced biofuels development while ensuring that biofuels focuses on existing agricultural production and not virgin grasslands or forests.
Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement on cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): “Sadly, automatic cuts in food stamp benefits begin today at a time when millions of American families...…Read MorePosted on 11/01/13
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement today on the decision by the Japanese government to resume purchases of U.S. western-white wheat. The decision ends a two-month ban on the grain purchases following the apparent discovery of unapproved gene-alte...…Read MorePosted on 07/30/13
WASHINGTON - The Farm Bill approved by the Senate today included two provisions authored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to advance farm-to-school efforts nationwide, and to help to fight hunger. “Fresh, healthy and locally-grown food should be at the top of the shopping lists for...…Read MorePosted on 06/10/13
Wyden Asks Ag. Secretary Vilsack to Ensure Discovery of Genetically Engineered Wheat Does Not Affect Trade
Following the news that a small and unharvested amount of genetically engineered (GE) wheat was discovered by an Oregon farmer, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praising their investigation into the issue and urging them to...…Read MorePosted on 05/31/13
Wyden, Merkley Ask Agriculture, Interior Secretaries for Emergency Grazing Rights on Federal Land in Southeastern and South Central Oregon
Faced with another year of drought conditions in Southeastern and South Central Oregon, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are asking the Department of Agriculture extend emergency grazing of cattle on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land....…Read MorePosted on 05/09/13
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are applauding a federal decision that will help commercial fishermen profit while encouraging sustainable fisheries. “It’s a good decision that reaffirms what fisherman needed – a sound...…Read MorePosted on 03/29/13
Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Patty Murray, D-Wash., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today introduced bipartisan legislation to allow commercial fisherman – in Oregon, Alaska, Washington and na...…Read MorePosted on 03/13/13