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Wolf spotted by trail camera northwest of Medford

A gray wolf was spotted on camera earlier this month roughly 10 miles northwest of Medford in Southern Oregon. Sam Dodenhoff, a wolf biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said a trail camera set up by Jacksonville, Ore., resident Eric Anderson captured several images of the animal on Jan. 3, roaming west […]
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Editorial: Giant hornet threatens more than honeybees

You’ve heard the names: kudzu, nutria, zebra mussels, cheatgrass, yellow star thistle, wild pigs, spotted wing drosophila. … These plants, animals and insects are well known to many in agriculture, and so is the damage they can do to crops and the environment. All told, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are more […]
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Blue gold: Put water rights to good use

The most important asset farmers own is not the land, said Peter Mohr, a natural resources attorney. “It’s the water right.” Because water is considered blue gold, it provokes disputes across the U.S. Source: Blue gold: Put water rights to good use | Water | capitalpress.com

Chlorpyrifos ban proposed in Washington legislature

The pesticide chlorpyrifos would be banned in Washington except for use on three crops under a bill introduced Monday in the state Senate. Mint, onion and sweet corn growers would be able to use the chemical. Source: Chlorpyrifos ban proposed in Washington legislature | Washington | capitalpress.com

Union withdraws objection to NORPAC asset sale

A union representing food processing workers has dropped its objection to the bankrupt NORPAC cooperative’s sale of three Oregon facilities. With a new labor contract in hand, a union representing food processing workers has dropped its objection to the bankrupt NORPAC cooperative’s sale of three Oregon facilities. Source: Union withdraws objection to NORPAC asset sale […]
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Blue gold: Put water rights to good use

The most important asset farmers own is not the land, said Peter Mohr, a natural resources attorney. “It’s the water right.” Source: Blue gold: Put water rights to good use

Summit focuses on managing labor unrest

If agricultural employers feel like they have a target on their backs, Tim Bernasek can sympathize. Farms and ranches are subject to wide scrutiny when it comes labor, said Bernasek, an attorney who focuses on agriculture and natural resources law at the Portland firm Dunn Carney. Source: Summit focuses on managing labor unrest

Hazelnut impacts from China deal murky

While Oregon’s hazelnut industry stands to gain from the first phase of the Trump administration’s trade deal with China, the specifics remain shrouded in mystery. Source: Hazelnut impacts from China deal murky

Controversial Oregon water proposals resurface

Oregon lawmakers will consider restricting a legal tool that allows farmers to prevent irrigation shutdowns, though the proposed bill is less drastic than legislation that failed last year. Source: Controversial Oregon water proposals resurface

Blockchain technology helps farmers track crops

Blockchain, a shared digital ledger that tracks every transaction in a supply chain, is quickly proving to be an invaluable tool for farmers, processors, distributors and retailers. As soon as fresh blueberries are picked at farms in Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, the race is on to prevent the fruit from spoiling. Source: Blockchain technology helps […]
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