Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture

Temperature swings throw ‘curveball’ at SW Oregon tree fruit

January’s temperatures were slightly warmer than normal and early February featured eight days of spring-like weather that was followed by a hard freeze. The roller coaster weather temperatures of earlier this year has had a negative effect on some fruit orchards in southwestern Oregon. Source: Capital Press

Last call for Willamette Valley canola planting

Farmers have a final chance to plant canola in Oregon’s Willamette Valley under special legislation before the crop enters uncharted legal territory next year. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting applications until May 11 to plant canola this autumn in time for harvest in 2019, which marks the end of a six-year program allowing […]
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Hard lessons from the Lost Valley factory farming fiasco: Guest opinion

Only after Oregon threatened to close down Lost Valley Farm following months of violations did the disturbing problems at the 15,000-cow operation come fully to light. Dairy cows standing in hoof-deep slurry of feces and urine. Lagoons holding tens of millions of gallons of cattle manure and wastewater repeatedly over-flowing. Source: Hard lessons from the […]
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Manure spills continue at Oregon’s second-largest dairy

Oregon’s second-largest dairy continues to mismanage manure and wastewater, despite a legal settlement with the state meant to put a stop to the problems. The state sued Boardman’s Lost Valley Farm in February, saying it was endangering nearby drinking water wells by repeatedly allowing liquid manure and wastewater to overflow storage lagoons. Source: Manure spills continue […]
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Pet owners push limits of laws meant to protect disabled people

When Nancy Stevens, who is blind, moved to Bend 10 years ago, restaurant owners would sometimes prevent her from bringing her guide dog inside. But these days, dogs can be found in offices, shops and even places like grocery stores.Stevens notices a bigger canine presence in airports, and she knows the traveling pooches aren’t trained […]
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Oregon producers waiting to see the effect of China tariffs

China announced it would put extra tariffs on certain U.S. products such as fruits and nuts, including a 15 percent tariff on hazelnuts. Source: Oregon producers waiting to see the effect of China tariffs

Lost Valley Farm dairy may have to auction herd

Dutch bank claims owner has defaulted on part of $60 million loans. The owner of Lost Valley Farm, a controversial Boardman dairy that has drawn the ire of environmental groups and run afoul of state regulators, may soon be forced to sell its entire herd. Greg te Velde, of Tipton, Calif., began operating the dairy […]
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FFA workshop highlights careers at ODA

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is encouraging Oregon FFA members to consider a future career with the agency. There are plenty of opportunities to work in agriculture beyond just the farm or ranch. That was the message of a workshop hosted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture during the 2018 Oregon FFA State Convention in […]
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FFA workshop highlights careers at ODA

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is encouraging Oregon FFA members to consider a future career with the agency. There are plenty of opportunities to work in agriculture beyond just the farm or ranch. That was the message of a workshop hosted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture during the 2018 Oregon FFA State Convention in […]
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Cheesemaker Tillamook still buys embattled mega-dairy’s milk, despite ‘terminated contract’ 

Tillamook County Creamery Association is still buying milk from Lost Valley Farm, despite saying it ended its contract with the embattled mega-dairy. Source: Cheesemaker Tillamook still buys embattled mega-dairy’s milk, despite ‘terminated contract’ | OregonLive.com