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Oregon Re-Restricts Land Use

Oregonians have voted 61% to 39% to scale back property-development rights, passing the controversial Measure 49 . Oregon has been at the forefront of land legislation battles for decades. The state had enforced some of the strongest laws in the U.S. restricting development outside urban centers, but in 2004, voters there “passed the nation’s most […]

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Farm Bill Debate Stops Before It Starts

Debate on the farm bill seized up like an old truck Tuesday, as Republicans and Democrats fell into a tiff over Senate procedures. Discussion on the $286 billion had barely begun on the Senate floor when Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid put limits on the amendments that can be offered on the bill. Some Democrats […]

Posted inFood

What Happened to Poor Man’s Paté

Everything in a pig is good. What ingratitude has permitted his name to become a term of opprobrium? Grimod de la Reyniare (1758-1838) Livermush. There, I’ve said it. As repugnant an appellation as that is, it’s about as accurate a description as can be packed into one word to describe this geographically challenged working class […]

Posted inAgriculture

Bush May Veto Farm Bill

President George W. Bush signaled yesterday he might veto the Senate’s $288 billion version of the farm bill. Philip Brasher of the Des Moines Register reported today that the administration doesn’t believe the bill violates congress’ pay-as-you-go budget rules. The bill “uses tax increases and budget gimmicks to pay for priorities that deserve to be […]