Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Backs Ranchers, Not Protesters; El Nino Peaking
As two Oregon ranchers reported to federal prison this week, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association vowed to support the ranchers, but not the armed protesters occupying a federal park facility. Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond are longtime Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members. The association said in a news release that “they do not support illegal activity taken against the government but has, and will continue, to support the Hammonds via avenues that are in accordance with the law.” Association Executive Director Jerome Rosa said the association does not agree with the current re-sentencing of the ranchers.
As the El Nino weather event has peaked, forecasters are predicting what may be next for the world’s climate. Weather models predict El Nino will decline in coming months and conditions will return to neutral during the second quarter with a chance of La Nina in the second half of 2016, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. La Nina is a cooling in the Pacific Ocean, sometimes thought of as El Nino’s opposite. La Nina can also agitate agricultural markets as it changes weather.