Category Archives: Capital Press

WDFW offers blueprint for managing Blue Mountains elk

The elk roam in four counties in southeast Washington; damage to agriculture has been a long-standing problem. The Blue Mountains elk herd will grow on public lands, but not on farmland, according to goals set in a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plan that’s circulating for comment. The department estimated last year the southeast […]
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Editorial: New forest plan a work in progress

While years of work have gone into the new document, federal judges likely will decide the fate of federal forests in the Blue Mountains. The U.S. Forest Service is taking comment from individuals and groups with legal standing to file objections on its final draft of the much-anticipated Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The plans, […]
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Youth movement keeps blueberry farm going

A 550-acre blueberry farm near Umpqua, Ore., hires 180 high school and college students to sort, pack and ship its crop. Twenty years ago when the blueberry bushes began to bear fruit, Paul and Sandy Norris gave their daughters and their friends some summer work. Source: Youth movement keeps blueberry farm going – Oregon – […]
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It’s about time: 14 historic Oregon farms honored

12 century, 2 sesquicentennial farms gain special recognition. Founded in 1852, seven years before Oregon became a state, a farm in Saint Paul, Ore., is continuing to build on its legacy as a family operation.Mullen Farms is one of two sesquicentennial farms designated this year by the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program along with […]
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Oregon co-op launches first optical sorting line for pears

Diamond Fruit Growers, of Hood River, Ore., has invested in the first ever optical sorting line designed specifically for pears. Faced with an industry-wide labor shortage, Diamond Fruit Growers in Hood River, Ore. is turning to cameras to sort shipments of fresh pears, a job previously reserved for the trained eye of humans. Source: Oregon […]
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Organic hazelnut growers face numerous challenges

Growing hazelnuts organically can fetch a premium but battling insects and diseases is more costly. Organic hazelnuts can fetch a premium price but growing them without conventional tools also leaves farmers prone to unforeseen risks, according to experts. Source: Organic hazelnut growers face numerous challenges – Organic – Capital Press

Chinese, Turkish turmoil worries hazelnut industry

The plunging value of Turkish currency and higher tariffs in China create trade problems for Oregon hazelnut growers on two fronts. Oregon’s hazelnut industry is facing trade anxiety on two fronts: Restricted access to a major customer and low prices offered by a major competitor. With the annual harvest quickly approaching, there’s not much time […]
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Oregon’s Douglas County withdraws rural housing zone

A plan to allow 20-acre rural home sites on 22,500 acres of farm and forestland in Oregon’s Douglas County has been withdrawn, though perhaps only temporarily. Oregon’s Douglas County has withdrawn its plan to allow more rural housing on 22,500 acres of farm and forest land, though it’s likely to be revived. Source: Capital Press

It’s about time: 14 historic Oregon farms honored

12 century, 2 sesquicentennial farms gain special recognition. Founded in 1852, seven years before Oregon became a state, a farm in Saint Paul, Ore., is continuing to build on its legacy as a family operation. Mullen Farms is one of two sesquicentennial farms designated this year by the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program along […]
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World spot-market price for raw sugar near three-year low

The situation has little short-term impact on Southern Idaho and southeastern Oregon sugar beet growers. Worldwide prices for spot-market raw sugar are down by more than one-third since November 2016, to around 11 cents a pound, reflecting flat demand as international production stays strong. Source: World spot-market price for raw sugar near three-year low – […]
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