Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture

OSU study: No unique threat from canola

Oregon State University has concluded canola isn’t a unique threat to specialty seed crops. Canola poses no greater threat to specialty seed producers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley than turnips, radish and other related crops, according to Oregon State University. Source: OSU study: No unique threat from canola

Sport crabbing closures on south Oregon Coast exended to Coos Bay

A crabbing closure for bays and estuaries along the south Oregon Coast has been extended northward to include Coos Bay. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the new closures late Wednesday, due to elevated levels of domoic acid. Source: Sport crabbing closures on south Oregon Coast exended to Coos […]
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County to leave weed agency

The Baker County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to leave the Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area. But two of the three commissioners left open the possibility that the decision wouldn’t be final. The agency includes Baker, Union and Wallowa counties and is designed to garner grants to deal with noxious weeds on private and public […]
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Crabbing closure extended on Southern Oregon coast

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have extended the closure of recreational and commercial crabbing due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The closure area is from the north jetty of Coos Bay, including the Coos Bay estuary, to the California border. The closure includes crab harvested in bays […]
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Oregon Department of Agriculture goes back to school

As it does each October, the Oregon Department of Agriculture celebrates National Farm to School Month by bringing attention to the state’s blossoming farm-to-school efforts. Those efforts include local farmers, ranchers, fishermen and food processors working hard to develop strong relationships with schools. Source: Oregon Department of Agriculture goes back to school – The Produce News […]
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Oregon Christmas tree shortage expected to hike prices

November has just arrived, but Oregon Christmas trees are already on their way to such destinations as Asia, Hawaii, and Mexico. In the next several weeks, Oregon – the nation’s leading producer of Christmas trees – will ship trees to most U.S. states and many countries around the world. It’s a frenzied time of year for growers and Oregon […]
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Wallowa County receives additional wolf management money

Wallowa County has received $29,195 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to be used for implementing livestock management techniques or nonlethal wolf deterrent techniques designed to discourage interactions between wolves and livestock. Half of the funding comes from two federal prevention grants with the state providing the other 50 percent through the Supplemental Prevention Grant process. […]
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Crab harvesting closure extended on Oregon coast

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the immediate closure of recreational and commercial crabbing from the north jetty of the Coquille River, which includes the bay in Bandon, to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, […]
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First Legal, Modern-Day Hemp Crop Harvested In Washington, But Needs A Buyer 

Oregon farmers planted the state’s first legal crops of industrial hemp a couple of years ago. Now the first Washington state farmer to plant the non-drug cousin of marijuana has harvested the crop. Hemp entrepreneur Cory Sharp is fairly happy with Washington’s first legal crop in almost 90 years. His farmer partners harvested 105 acres […]
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Oregon Governor Leads Trade Mission To Japan

Oregon Governor Kate Brown left today on a week long trade mission to Japan. More than a half dozen businesses, including Ponzi Vineyards, are taking part. So is Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor. Japan is the top export market for Oregon agricultural products. More than $1.5 billion worth of agricultural goods go from […]
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