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  • Hermiston Reversionary Lands Act

    by Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

    Posted on 2014-05-28

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    LUJAN GRISHAM of New Mexico. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.



    I rise in support of the Hermiston Reversionary Interest Release Act.

    In 1954, the Federal Government conveyed 250 acres near Hermiston, Oregon, to the State of Oregon, to establish an agricultural experiment station. The agricultural experiment station ultimately became the Oregon State University Agricultural Research and Experiment Center.

    The Hermiston Center focuses on the innovation and implementation of agricultural and horticultural opportunities, and it provides solutions to production restraints. This work is crucial to the agricultural economy of the region.

    Oregon State University would like to move the Hermiston Center to a new location and is looking to Congress to remove Federal restrictions placed on the land at the time of conveyance in order to sell or to develop the property.

    H.R. 3366 removes these Federal restrictions and will allow Oregon State to develop its agricultural research facilities to meet the future needs of the agricultural sector. Allowing the flexibility that H.R. 3366 provides is a priority for Oregon State University and the region, and we gladly support this bill and the university's continued research.

    With that, Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

    Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to yield 8 minutes to the gentleman from Oregon (Mr. Walden), the author of this legislation.

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