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PNW sweet cherry forecast down 22.7 percent

The Pacific Northwest fresh, sweet cherry forecast is down 22.7 percent from last year’s record crop due to poor blossom pollination in the spring. It should mean higher prices. The industry is also hoping for a turnaround on Chinese tariffs. Source: PNW sweet cherry forecast down 22.7 percent – Orchards, Nuts & Vines – Capital […]
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Ruling: Marijuana potential doesn’t prevent rezone

The potential for marijuana cultivation doesn’t render a property with poor soils suitable for agriculture, according to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals. A property’s capacity to grow marijuana doesn’t mean it’s suitable for farming and cannot be rezoned for residential purposes, according to Oregon’s land use adjudicators. Source: Capital Press

Oregon environmental regulators gauge water quality

Oregon is getting better at identifying and rectifying water quality problems but conditions are still far from “rainbows and unicorns,” according to the state’s top environmental regulators. Traditionally, Oregon has implemented projects aimed at improving water quality without sufficiently monitoring how those efforts were working, said Richard Whitman, director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. […]
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Oregon rancher, county intervene in grazing challenge

An Oregon rancher and Wallowa County have intervened to defend against an environmental lawsuit that challenges cattle grazing. Source: Oregon rancher, county intervene in grazing challenge – Livestock – Capital Press

FDA warns Oregon juice maker about fungal toxin

An Oregon juice manufacturer has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for inadequately controlling for patulin, a harmful fungal toxin. The Hood River Juice Co., which sells apple juices and ciders under the “Ryan’s” brand, used a system of inspection and sorting that wouldn’t sufficiently limit patulin below 50 parts […]
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Flax: What’s old is new again

SALEM, Over the past 70 years, fiber flax, once a major crop in the Willamette Valley, has virtually vanished from Oregon. But a new initiative called Fibrevolution aims to revive this once-thriving industry and bring fiber flax cultivation back to the Northwest. Source: Flax: What’s old is new again

Oregon environmental regulators gauge water quality

Oregon is getting better at identifying and rectifying water quality problems but conditions are still far from “rainbows and unicorns,” according to the state’s top environmental regulators. Traditionally, Oregon has implemented projects aimed at improving water quality without sufficiently monitoring how those efforts were working, said Richard Whitman, director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. […]
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Northwest hay stocks tight, producers say

On-farm hay stocks are up from a year ago in Idaho and Oregon and down in Washington, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. But an Oregon producer and shipper and an Ellensburg, Wash., exporter both said on-farm stocks are sold and that overall inventories are low. “ Source: Northwest hay stocks tight, producers […]
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Bank challenges Oregon farmers’ radish seed victory

An out-of-state bank is asking a federal appeals court to overturn the legal victory of Oregon farmers who won a lawsuit over radish seed two years ago.Northwest Bank of Warren, Pa., recently argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that growers were wrongly allowed to keep the seed. Source: Bank challenges Oregon farmers’ […]
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Bees, farms a natural fit, researchers say

McIntyre Farms diversified its hay-heavy operations a few years back, planting some organic alfalfa and adding pasture pigs, grass-fed cattle and free-range chickens. But the pollinators showed up on their own. Source: Bees, farms a natural fit, researchers say – Innovations – Capital Press