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Putting Agri-Tourism to Work

May 5, 2019

What is agri-tourism? Simply put, it’s the practice of attracting travelers or visitors to an area used primarily for agriculture purposes. Attendees find themselves immersed in the beauty and nostalgia of the countryside while absorbing small gems of information about the farms and ranches that put food on the dinner table. I was fortunate enough to be a part of such a tour – and what an outstanding example it was! On April 26, the North Central Livestock Association (NCLA), comprised of Wasco and Sherman counties, held their annual Bull Tour with four site visits in the beautiful, rolling, green hills near Condon and Lone Rock…

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Green New Deal: Cows are not the enemy

March 1, 2019

On February 7, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a Green New Deal resolution highlighting hopes and dreams for accomplishing net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within a 10-year time frame. A picturesque conception of creating millions of high-wage jobs, investing in infrastructure and industry, and promoting justice for “vulnerable communities,” all while meeting 100 percent power demand through zero-emission energy sources – sounds pretty good on paper. The Green New Deal fails to state how the government will realistically enact, enforce or accomplish those goals…

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