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    10 CapitalPress.com
November 13, 2015
Oregon
PNW Christmas tree growers join U.S. Capitol effort
McKenzie Farms of Or-
egon City, Ore., is donating
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than 50 sponsors of this year’s Nursery of Silverton, Ore., is
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Bryan Ostlund, executive
nate 55 trees to serve as com- director of the Christmas tree
panion trees to the 74-foot association, praised the gener-
Lutz Spruce from Alaska that osity of the growers.
is serving as the centerpiece
“At a time when the market
in this year’s U.S. Capitol is red-hot and inventories are
Christmas tree celebration.
not exactly plentiful, for these
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three growers to step forward
and provide those trees is very
generous,” Ostlund said.
Ostlund said the generosity
helps showcase the industry
in a positive way.
“For us to be a part of this
thing is good for the real-tree
industry, and a good opportu-
nity for us to showcase who
we are and what it is we do,”
Ostlund said.
This year’s U.S. Capitol
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Alaska, is from the Chugach
National Forest near Seward.
It was cut on Oct. 27, accord-
ing to Bruce Ward of Choose
Outdoors, a private organi-
zation working with the U.S.
Forest Service to get the tree
to Washington, D.C.
It was shipped by barge
from Anchorage to Taco-
ma, Wash., at which point
it embarked on a cross
country journey to the U.S.
Capitol.
The journey included four
stops in Alaska, spanning
from Oct. 27 through Oct. 31,
and nine stops between Se-
attle and Andrews Air Force
Base in Maryland in Nov. 18.
The Seattle stop was at
the Museum of History and
Industry n Nov. 7. On Nov. 8
the tree stopped in Missoula,
Mont., from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ca-
bela’s, 3650 Brooks St.
Stops also are scheduled in
Wyoming, South Dakota, Ne-
braska, Indiana and Ohio.
The tree will be delivered
to the U.S. Capitol on Nov.
20, Ward said. Four recep-
tions will follow.
“It is an interesting tradi-
tion,” Ward said. “It has gone
on now for almost 50 years
with the Forest Service bring-
ing the tree in from around the
country.”
Corporate sponsors, both
large and small, donated more
than $600,000 in cash and in-
kind services to help get the
tree to the U.S. Capitol, Ward
said.
“We have everything from
Shell to the Midnight Sun
Brewing Co., which is send-
ing beer back for the recep-
tions,” he said.
Chelsea Clinton touts her
book, calls on kids to eat right
By ERIC MORTENSON
Capital Press
PORTLAND — Visiting
this foodie city to promote
her book and to learn about
food system changes, Chel-
sea Clinton, the daughter of
one president and potentially
a second, declined to delve
into her mom’s ideas on agri-
culture.
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Clinton, who seeks the 2016
Democratic Party’s nomina-
tion, suggested people visit
her mother’s website for her
views on agriculture. Hillary
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in states where hemp produc- sense is we would be able to Clinton, the former senator
For the Capital Press
tion is legal.
secure enough external funds and secretary of state, has
The Oregon Legislature in to make it worthwhile for been spending time in Iowa,
Oregon State University’s 2009 legalized the production somebody to study this.”
a key primary state and where
College of Agricultural Scienc- and possession of industrial
Asked if the college’s in- farming is “hugely import-
es has submitted an application hemp.
terest in hemp research could ant,” Chelsea Clinton noted.
to the federal Drug Enforce-
Noller said the research bleed into marijuana research,
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permission to conduct research duction of industrial hemp in that out in the long run if gram in Arkansas when Bill
on industrial hemp produc- Western Oregon.
federal actions move that to Clinton was governor, and the
tion, according to an OSU an-
He said the College of where it is permissible.
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nouncement issued Nov. 5.
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lege’s Crop and Soil Science vidual interested in conduct- industrial hemp varieties grow mention it, but her mother has
Department, said the university ing the research, but believes in Western Oregon,” he said.
another agricultural connec-
hopes to secure approval from researchers are available that
According to the announce- tion in Iowa. In August, U.S.
the DEA and the Oregon De- would be interested.
ment, industrial hemp has Agriculture Secretary Tom
partment of Agriculture in time
“I think there are agron- many uses, including in paper, Vilsack, a former Iowa gover-
to begin the research next year. omists, particularly those textiles, biodegradable plastics, nor, endorsed Hillary Clinton
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played that during a visit to
Portland in August. Vilsack
said he simply believed Clin-
ton is the best candidate.
The younger Clinton, who
spent her teenage years in the
White House, is 35 now, mar-
ried and has a 13-month-old
daughter. It was while preg-
nant that she became more
acutely aware of the world her
daughter and other children
will inherit.
Clinton said proper nutri-
tion and exercise are crucial
for young people.
“When I was in public
school in Little Rock (Arkan-
sas), we had P.E. every single
day,” Clinton said. Now, few-
er than 10 percent of school
children have gym every
day, she said, and recess has
“largely gone away.”
Clinton’s book, “It’s Your
World: Get Informed, Get
Inspired & Get Going!” de-
tails some of the world’s
problems and shares stories
of young people who are
helping their communities
find solutions.
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as an activist came when she
was a youngster and learned
wildlife sometimes choked
on discarded plastic beverage
container rings. She began
“obsessively” cutting them up
— “Which I still do,” she said
— and convinced her class-
mates to do the same.
Clinton spoke Nov. 5 at
Ecotrust, a Portland nonprof-
it that researches and seeks
sustainable solutions in farm-
ing, forestry and economics.
Among other things, the or-
ganization produced a report
this year on problems hinder-
ing “Ag of the Middle,” the
small- to mid-size producers
and processors who are too
big to survive by selling at
farmers’ markets but too small
to compete in the commodi-
ties markets.
At Ecotrust, Clinton heard
a three-member panel detail
work they’re doing to ensure
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way to schools and to pro-
grams that serve needy popu-
lations. About two dozen chil-
dren were in the audience, in
addition to adults.
Clinton was introduced by
Amanda Oborne, Ecotrust’s
vice president of food and
farms, who told students in
the audience that the “food
system riddle” would be
theirs to solve.
“The food system you’re
inheriting is kind of a mess,”
she said.
Children today, when they
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how to feed 9 billion people,
adapt to a changing climate
and engage in farming, ranch-
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that replenish natural resourc-
es, Oborne said.
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