Category Archives: Capital Press

Big welcome: California winery arrives in Oregon

Jackson Family Wines’ expansion into Oregon worried some people in the industry, and the company knew it. Friends in Oregon’s wine industry describe Eugenia Keegan as a petite “powerhouse.” Five-foot-2, maybe, and fierce in the best meaning of the word, one said. A go-getter personality tempered by competence, warmth, intelligence and grace. This is her […]
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Law pre-empts counties from banning aerial spraying

Lincoln County Community Rights, which supports the ban, argues that Oregon laws that pre-empt local governments from regulating pesticides are unconstitutional. An Oregon circuit judge is considering a case that argues local voters have a “natural right” to ban aerial spraying in Lincoln County, despite state statutes to the contrary. Lincoln County voters approved an […]
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Oregon ranchers petition for Supreme Court review

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review a dispute between Oregon ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management. An Oregon ranching couple is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive their lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over grazing and water rights. A ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals […]
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States offer training required by produce safety rule

The FDA’s new produce safety rule requires at least one person from each covered farm to attend a approved, one-day training course. Those courses start net month in Idaho, Oregon and Washington and have already begun in California. State agriculture departments are starting to offer training courses for farms that are covered by the Food […]
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Klamath Falls creates ag opportunities at home — Opinion

Efforts by the community college and growers to introduce high school students to the opportunities that exist at home appear to be paying off. Klamath Falls, Ore., is in the same position as many rural communities in the West — too few opportunities to keep young people from running off to the city. Also like […]
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Study: Preliminary data show cattle, sage grouse can coexist

Early data from an ongoing Idaho grazing study planned to last a decade shows no harm to sage grouse on public lands caused by spring grazing. Spring cattle grazing doesn’t appear to adversely affect sage grouse nesting success on public lands, according to initial findings of an ongoing, exhaustive research project involving ranchers throughout Idaho. […]
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Biologists finally collar wolf from Rogue Pack

The breeding male of the Rogue Pack in Southern Oregon is OR-7, whose tracking collar provided details of his extensive travels after he dispersed from Wallowa County and into Northern California before returning to Oregon. Wildlife biologists set leg-hold traps for 13 consecutive days before finally catching a young female wolf from the Rogue Pack […]
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TPP rejection overshadows Oregon trade trip

Gov. Kate Brown last week led an Oregon delegation to Japan focused on doing business with the state’s top export market for agricultural products, but she said the Trump administration’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has put a damper on any new business. Brown told the Capital Press the delegation of Oregon businesses had conversations […]
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Birds gone wild: Resurgent turkeys spar with human neighbors

Wildlife experts say much of the problem can be blamed on residents who leave out food for turkeys. Not everyone is celebrating the return of the wild turkeys. After being wiped out from New England in the 1800s, the birds have stormed back in what’s considered a major success story for wildlife restoration. But as […]
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Oregon-Idaho bulb onion crop smaller, but prices are much higher

The onion crop in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and Oregon will be significantly smaller this year but growers are seeing prices that are much higher than normal. “Yields are definitely down and size is off a little bit but prices are significantly better,” said Bruce Corn, one of the 300 farmers in the area […]
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