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Fall shipping is just around the corner, and we’ve got good news for you. AO’s new contracted rates are finalized and they’re lower than ever, even though market rates are rising. Rates are negotiated using historical data, so there’s no need to forecast your shipments - just give AO a call anytime to get a rate quote or to book a shipment.
Christmas tree growers are invited to attend one of Advantage Oregon’s roundtable discussions to learn about AO’s winter shipping program. Last year, AO saved Christmas tree shippers an average of 9% on their freight charges. We want to save shippers even more this year and now is the time to plan for your shipping needs. Contact Karen at 503-682-8938 for more information about the meetings.
JULY 5, 2007
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How noise affects hearing
Your ear is a delicate instrument; tiny “hair cells” in the inner ear vibrate when sounds reach them. This month's flier explains when to wear hearing protection to help prevent damage to the ears.
How noise affects hearing (English)
Cómo afecta el ruido a los oídos (Espanol)
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USDA export certification user fee adjustment proposed
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a proposal to adjust the user fees charged for plants and plant product export certification. These user fees would be increased for fiscal years 2007 through 2012 to reflect the anticipated costs of providing export certification services each year.
Specifically, APHIS is proposing to adjust the fees for the following export or re-export services:
APHIS is also proposing to add a $16 user fee for state- or county-issued federal export certificates. The proposed fee would help to recover administrative costs associated with that service.
These proposed changes, the first in 10 years, would enable APHIS to recover the costs of providing export certification services for plants and plant products.
This proposed rule is published in the June 12 Federal Register.
Comments received on or before Aug. 13 will be considered. Using the Internet, go to the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov, select "Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service" from the agency drop-down menu; then click on "Submit." In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2006-0137 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
If you wish to mail a comment, send an original and three copies to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0137, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238.
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site.
USDA news releases, program announcements and media advisories are available on the Internet. Go to the APHIS news release page at www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom. Also, anyone with an e-mail address can sign up to receive APHIS press releases automatically. Send an e-mail message to email@example.com and leave the subject blank. In the message, type “subscribe press releases”.
OAN enjoys success in 2007
State Legislature in final hours
Estate tax for farm, forest and fisheries
The new law creates an exemption from Oregon's 9% estate tax for agricultural real property with a value up to $7.5 million. The exemption from state tax only applies if the property is passed to a family member, as defined by the statute. Additionally the property must remain in agricultural production for five of the next eight years. If either of these requirements is not met, the exemption is lost. It is also worth noting that the bill only impacts state estate taxes. It does not impact federal estate taxes, which are currently assessed at a maximum rate of 45% for estates in excess of $2 million.
As with any new tax law, the Oregon Department of Revenue and Oregon Attorney General's Office will likely issue interpretive guidance. That guidance, future case law, and any future legislative adjustments will determine how the exemption may be used in varying situations. For example, it is unclear whether the exemption applies to the first $7,500,000 in property value or only to property that is worth less than $7,500,001. Additionally, there is a question whether the exemption applies to property held within an entity, such as a limited liability company. These and other questions will be interpreted in coming months and years.
Regardless of interpretation, the new law represents an important step in protecting family farms. The OAN intends to build upon this initial success as part of an ongoing effort to protect family farms from unfair estate tax laws.
Representatives Wayne Krieger, Debbie Boone and Brian Clem worked in earnest to include the estate tax exemption in HB 3201, and the Governor’s Chief of Staff Chip Terhune and the Oregon House and Senate leadership embraced the exemption as an important step forward in helping preserve the vitality and profitability of Oregon agriculture.
OAN helps shape the next 50 years of urban-rural development
It is the OAN’s belief that SB 1011 protects a grower’s right to farm. It acknowledges that agricultural land is not a “default” place to urbanize – rather it is an economic engine that is clustered, viable and a sustainable industry. Urban and rural reserves must embody this aspect or the constant urban encroachment on farm land will continue. This bill was signed by the Governor on June 26.
The OAN will now work with Metro, the homebuilding industry and environmental groups to shape urban and rural reserves.
Metal theft bill signed into law
HB 3026A creates fines for failure to comply with rules for recording metal purchases, stipulates new practices for metal recyclers, and makes a felony of selling or receiving more than $200 of stolen metal. This bill passed the State House 58-0 and the State Senate 28-0 and was signed by Governor Kulongoski on June 20.
Please provide your thoughts and concerns to Jeff Stone directly or contact any member of the Government Relations Committee.
Tour des Trees
The TREE Fund (Tree Research and Education Endowment) is sponsoring a 550-mile bike ride called the Tour des Trees to raise money and awareness for urban tree research. This year’s ride, named “The Shade Crusade,” will start July 20 in Sacramento and end in San Jose on July 26. Terrill Collier of Collier Arbor Care will be riding in the event with wife Janet and sons Quentin, Logan and Brandon.
Money raised by the Tour des Trees will support research into understanding the benefits of trees, improving public safety and electric service reliability, stopping diseases and pests, developing hardier, drought and disease-resistant species, improving methods for growing strong, healthy landscape trees and dramatically reducing pesticide use through Plant Health Care (PHC) programs. Donations are also used for scholarships for arboricultural students.
Click here for more information on the TREE Fund and the fundraising ride. To pledge money in support of the Collier team, follow this link. The Collier family thanks all who supported the trees with donations on past rides.
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