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2023 Resolution No. 3 – Regarding Extreme and Detrimental Transportation Policies in the Oregon State Legislature

This resolution will be presented and voted on during the opening breakfast at the OLC, Thursday, February 23, 2023

A resolution by the Oregon Logging Conference Regarding Extreme and Detrimental Transportation Policies in the Oregon State Legislature

WHEREAS, Oregon is now the 6th fastest shrinking state in the nation; and

WHEREAS, 17,000 more people moved elsewhere in the US than moved from another state in Oregon; and

WHEREAS, Oregon’s transportation policies are expensive and a major factor for families and businesses relocating to other states; and

WHEREAS, the national fuel cost increase was exacerbated in Oregon due to Oregon taxes and regulations and has been detrimental to Oregon businesses, especially to the logging industry, which is dependent on fuel to operate; and

WHEREAS, Oregon’s transportation policies increase costs causing Oregon products to be less competitive in the national and international marketplace; and

WHEREAS, in 2020, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 which directed state agencies to drastically reduce emissions by 2035; and

WHEREAS, this December 2022, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved a rule to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 based on vehicle emission standards adopted by the State of California in August; and

WHEREAS, additional extreme green transportation policies are being drafted for the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session and will be outlined in more up-to-date detail at the 2023 Oregon Logging Conference.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Oregon logging conference opposes Oregon state legislation impacting fuel, emissions, vehicle, transportation, highway infrastructure or transport-related tax that lacks sufficient business concurrence, incentives, alternatives and feasibility.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we also oppose bans, phase-outs and mandates related to transportation.

This resolution will be presented by Alexis Jacobson, International Accounts Manager, BOSSCO Trading LLC.

Jacobson is the International Accounts Manager at the forage export company BOSSCO Trading LLC located in Tangent, Oregon. BOSSCO Trading LLC is an international agriculture export company that primarily exports grass straw and hay as supplemental feed for cattle raised in other countries.

Graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Agricultural Sciences and a minor in Animal Sciences, Jacobson has worked for BOSSCO Trading LLC for seven years, starting as an intern, then an executive assistant, and was promoted to International Accounts Manager in 2019.

As International Accounts Manager, Jacobson is integral in coordinating exports shipments, coordinating drayage trucking, making the schedule to which forage is compressed for containerization, managing export customer relations, and managing ocean carrier contracts and relationships.

Jacobson is a member of the Agriculture Transportation Council, United State Forage Export Council, National Hay Association, Oregon Women For Agriculture, and American AgWomen. She is also alumni advisor for Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority at Oregon State University.