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Oregon farmers grow a wide variety of food and raise pigs like these ones.

Oregon Farm Bureau names new lobbyist

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Oregon Farm Bureau has appointed a new director of government affairs. In her new role, Lauren Smith will be responsible for several issues, including wildfire, wildlife taxes and transportation. “Lauren’s role will be to advocate for and with our farm bureau members at the Capitol, in the courts and within regulatory agencies,” Anne Marie […]

Tigard-Tualatin school board chair to run for Oregon House

BY: - October 7, 2021

Ben Bowman, Tigard-Tualatin School Board chair, will run for state House in a newly drawn Tigard-based legislative district, he announced this week.  Rep. Dacia Grayber, D-Portland, has represented the Tigard area in the House since 2020, but she doesn’t live in the redrawn 25th House District that contains most of the Portland suburb. Bowman, 29, […]

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Latest state education report shows low participation, progress

BY: - October 7, 2021

The Oregon Department of Education took an incomplete on its yearly report card for schools and districts issued Thursday.   Participation in standardized testing for the 2020-21 school year was down 70% across the state, according to Jon Wiens, the department’s director of accountability. In a press conference held in advance of the At-A-Glance Report release, […]

Oregon legislators join calls to audit 2020 election

BY: - October 6, 2021

Two Oregon legislators signed onto a national letter calling to “audit” the 2020 election in all 50 states and scrub voter rolls “to ensure future integrity of our elections.” State Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, and state Rep. Lily Morgan, R-Grants Pass, are among nearly 100 state lawmakers from around the country who signed the […]

Oregon's Department of Agriculture oversees a wide range of products from grass seed to fruit and vegetables to vineyards like those pictured here.

Oregon Department of Agriculture names insider to top role

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has named a new deputy director from within its own ranks.  The appointment of Lauren Henderson was effective on Sept. 29. He has worked for the agency for 22 years. “I can’t think of a better person for the position,” Alexis Taylor, the department’s director, said in a statement. “He […]

Student getting served lunch at Salem school.

Oregon school districts navigating food shortages, supply chain issues

BY: - October 6, 2021

Not long before a recent nacho lunch day in the Hillsboro School District, Nate Roedel learned that he wouldn’t receive the 120 cases of tortilla chips he’d need to make more than 13,000 meals. Luckily Roedel, executive director of nutrition services for the district, had gotten good at improvising. The last two months of food […]

Government food benefits go up but net increase not so much

BY: - October 5, 2021

Low-income families in Oregon will be able to afford slightly more groceries this month. The U.S. Department of Agriculture boosted its food assistance on Oct. 1  after determining that monthly payments fell woefully short, putting a healthy diet out of reach for recipients. In Oregon, a household of four receiving benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition […]

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New emergency substitute teaching license attempts to solve statewide shortages

BY: - October 5, 2021

Hiring substitute teachers has been difficult in Oregon for a number of years, but the pandemic has made it worse.  Superintendent Dan Goldman, who coordinates the hiring of substitutes for the Northwest Regional Education Service District, had only 65% of the substitute teachers he needed last week to fill classrooms in the 20 school districts […]