Category Archives: Capital Press

Oregon nursery industry reclaims No. 1 spot

During the recession that began in 2008, one-third of the Oregon’s nursery business was lost, but now in 2017, the industry has come back strong, reclaiming first place among agricultural commodities in the state. “It was almost a perfect storm of calamity economically,” Jeff Stone, director of Oregon Association of Nurseries, said of the recession. […]
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Critics claim ruling allows pay-offs for farm impacts

Critics claim an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling will undermine farmland protections by allowing developers to pay off farmers rather than avoid disrupting agricultural practices. The State of Oregon is joined by the Oregon Farm Bureau and the 1,000 Friends of Oregon conservation group in asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overturn that decision. Source: […]
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Oregon ag operations move to gain ‘B Corp’ certification

Certification means businesses have pledged to treat workers fairly and to be mindful of their impact on the environment and their communities. Stoller Family Estate, a Dayton vineyard and winery, is the latest Oregon agricultural operation to gain “B Corp” certification for meeting social and environmental standards. Companies granted the certification are part of an […]
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Feds award money to boost warnings for West Coast quakes

The ShakeAlert system could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning. The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4.9 million to six universities and a nonprofit to help advance an early warning system for earthquakes along the West Coast. Source: Feds award money to boost warnings for West Coast quakes – – Capital […]
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Researchers hunt for cause of onion disease

A relatively new onion disease known as onion bulb rot, which was a major problem in the Treasure Valley region of Idaho and Oregon in 2014 and 2015, has not made an appearance so far this year and some people hope it was only a rare outbreak. Agricultural researchers in the Treasure Valley of Oregon […]
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Bison meat niche grows across the West

Although most bison production is in the Midwest, 14 Oregon ranches are registered with the Northwest Bison Association. The bison meat industry has been steadily growing as consumer demand has increased and producers all over the country have shown interest in expanding or starting herds. Source: Bison meat niche grows across the West – Livestock […]
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U.S. cranberry growers to seek volume control

The Cranberry Marketing Committee has voted to petition the USDA to order production cutbacks for the 2017 and 2018 harvests. The U.S. cranberry industry will ask the USDA to order farmers and processors to cut production for the 2017 and 2018 harvests, forcing growers to take a short-term hit, but with the hope that prices […]
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Marijuana states try to curb smuggling, avert US crackdown

Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it’s grown to the shops where it’s sold is their main protective measure so far. Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big money. […]
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Political dispute costs irrigation district $1.9 million

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has vetoed funding for an irrigation efficiency project. A political dispute over new taxes on healthcare in Oregon is being blamed for an irrigation district losing $1.9 million to pipe an open canal. Source: Political dispute costs irrigation district $1.9 million – Water – Capital Press

Oregon’s growing marijuana problem — Opinion

Oregon’s marijuana law has created questions that have landed in the laps of the Legislature and the courts, which will be sorting through them until further notice. When Oregon voters approved an initiative to make marijuana legal under state law — but not federal law — they should have expected it to create as many […]
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