Category Archives: Capital Press

Oregon county approves scaled-back rural housing zone

Oregon’s Douglas County will make 22,500 acres of farm and forest land available for rural housing, down from the original proposal of 35,000 acres. Oregon’s Douglas County has approved a scaled-back plan to allow more rural housing on land currently zoned for farm and forest uses. Source: Oregon county approves scaled-back rural housing zone – […]
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Environmental groups appeal Columbia River port expansion

The appeal cites both the loss of farmland and the potential for the site to be used for handling crude oil or natural gas. Environmental groups continue to try to block the expansion of a Columbia River port, the latest in the ongoing debate over natural areas and oil and gas terminals in the state. […]
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Column: Trade an American value 

The notion that we can prosper without trade is antithetical to everything that makes us American. What are the three priorities determining a Pacific Northwest wheat farmer’s success? 1.Trade. 2.Trade. 3. Trade. Upwards of 90 percent of the wheat grown in 20 Eastern Washington counties is exported. Include Idaho and Oregon in the calculation and […]
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Oregon wheat industry groups call on U.S. to rejoin TPP

Oregon wheat officials announced they have signed onto letter, along with 33 other state and national groups, to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission have joined a growing number of state and national grain industry groups calling on the U.S. to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. […]
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New brewhouse to bolster beer research, training at OSU

The new brewhouse at Oregon State University’s fermentation science program is nearly commissioned and ready to start making beer. As the number of craft breweries skyrockets across the U.S., Oregon State University is continuing to grow its fermentation science program, offering students hands-on training in the art of making beer. The latest equipment to arrive […]
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Streaked horned lark lawsuit targets Oregon farm exemptions

Exemptions for common farming practices in Oregon’s Willamette Valley are targeted in an environmentalist lawsuit over federal protections for the threatened streaked horned lark. Source: Streaked horned lark lawsuit targets Oregon farm exemptions

Farmers seek additional releases from E. Oregon reservoir

Calls to release an additional 1,000 acre-feet of stored irrigation water from Willow Creek Reservoir in Eastern Oregon will not significantly impact the local environment, according to a draft report issued March 2 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps operates Willow Creek Dam near Heppner. Source: Farmers seek additional releases from E. […]
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Lawmakers make few tweaks to Oregon farm laws in 2018

Oregon lawmakers clarified laws related to hemp, seed contracts and “granny flats” in 2018. Proposals to cap carbon emissions and tie depredation funding to wolf numbers died in committee. A “cap-and-trade” proposal to limit carbon emissions didn’t pass muster during Oregon’s 2018 legislative session, comforting critics who feared increased fuel, fertilizer and electricity costs. Source: […]
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Rural brewery runs into Oregon zoning problems

The popularity of a remote Oregon brewery has caused it to run into problems with state zoning restrictions for agritourism activities on farmland. Located along a rural road between Coburg and Harrisburg, Agrarian Ales has operated for nearly six years under an on-farm processing permit from Lane County. Source: Rural brewery runs into Oregon zoning […]
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Column: It’s National Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) Week

Giving safety the same attention as any other key aspect of the business is essential to the success of any ag operation. When was the last time you seriously thought about safety on your farm or ranch? With distractions like planting schedules, commodity prices and weather issues, it’s not overly surprising to hear a farmer […]
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