Category Archives: Capital Press

Winter ‘not scary’ for NW farmers, weatherman says

The Pacific Northwest will see slightly above normal temperatures and normal precipitation throughout the winter, a well-known weatherman predicts. Art Douglas, a professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., is best known for his presentations at the Spokane Ag Show every winter. Source: Winter ‘not scary’ for NW farmers, weatherman says […]
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Hemp harvest swamps market

The surge of enthusiasm that spurred a five-fold expansion of Oregon’s hemp acreage this year has been dampened by numerous problems that prevented many farmers from cashing in on the crop. A shortage of equipment necessary to harvest, dry and process hemp has forced many growers to abandon fields they initially hoped would reap robust […]
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Northwest farmers bracing for FSMA inspections

Federal inspections have begun at Northwest farms to ensure producers are complying with new rules intended to reduce the likelihood of food-borne illnesses. Source: Northwest farmers bracing for FSMA inspections

U.S. wheat growers welcome Japan’s passing of trade agreement

Japan’s parliament Dec. 4 approved the new agricultural trade agreement with the U.S., a move that was welcomed by American wheat farmers, who say the deal will put them on a level playing field with competitors in Canada and Australia. “It keeps our exports on par with Australia and Canada, which is what we asked […]
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Editorial: USDA should rework its hemp testing rules

Farmers have been poring over the details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim rules governing the production of hemp. They haven’t liked a lot of what they see. If nothing else, the rules have ended a lot of people’s dreams of quick, big money in the hemp business. Source: Editorial: USDA should rework its […]
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Christmas tree growers grapple with tight supplies

A large semi-trailer backed into the outdoor shipping yard Monday afternoon at BTN of Oregon, where workers loaded tightly wrapped Christmas trees for delivery to stores and tree lots from California to Texas and across the border into Mexico. BTN of Oregon grows approximately 2,500 acres of Christmas trees east of Salem, including popular Noble […]
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Oregon hazelnut growers look to penetrate new export markets

Oregon’s hazelnut industry is looking to expand beyond its traditional export market in Northeast China and gain a better foothold in other Asian countries as well. A new research export initiative overseen by the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board will examine improving the crop’s reach into China while better penetrating markets in Japan, South Korea and […]
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Northwest farmers bracing for FSMA inspections

Federal inspections have begun at Northwest farms to ensure producers are complying with new rules intended to reduce the likelihood of food-borne illnesses. The Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, was signed by President Barack Obama in 2011. It gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate how certain fresh fruits and vegetables are […]
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Environmentalist calls for discussions on Snake River dams

Stakeholders need to begin talking about the possible impacts to Northwest communities if four dams on the Snake River are removed, says the leader of a group that advocates their removal. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t make a transition to a free-flowing lower Snake River and do so in a way that […]
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Western Innovator: Aiding the fight against pink rot

Miller, university researchers, make advances on potato Pink Rot control. Research by Jeff Miller and other scientists is providing potato growers with more tools to use in controlling pink rot. The soil-borne disease is caused mainly by the pathogen Phytophthora erythroseptica. It infects potato roots, stolons and tubers, and if not controlled can lead to […]
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