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Good neighbor farming is better than GMO ban

We read with interest the Legislative Outtakes column in the Sunday paper by our colleagues, Sen. Alan Bates and Rep. Peter Buckley. The headline proclaimed “Legislators team up to fight for farmers.” We’re not sure most Rogue Valley farmers would agree Sen. Bates and Rep. Buckley are on their side in the debate about SB [...]

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Regulation of GMO crops should be done by state

There has been tremendous concern over Senate Bill 633, which we have been considering in the Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee. Considering that there has been some confusion about what the bill is and is not, I hope that I can help shed some light on it. Senate Bill 633, if adopted, would make [...]

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Dredging bill prompts property rights concerns

The Mail Tribune recently editorialized in favor of Senate Bill 401, a bill that would add more sections of Oregon rivers and streams to the Scenic Waterways list. While I stand with the desire to preserve the beauty and health of our rivers and streams, I am concerned that bills like SB 401 may end [...]

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