Tag Archives: Agriculture

Portland-area schools win nearly $500,000 for school gardens, farm connections

Nine programs have won a collective $480,000 to bring farm experiences, edible gardens and culturally relevant cooking lessons to nearly 5,000 students in about 20 schools in or near Portland next school year. Source: Portland-area schools win nearly $500,000 for school gardens, farm connections | OregonLive.com

Verne Gingerich wins Nut Grower of the Year

Having worked as both a grower and processor, Verne Gingerich has a fully integrated view of Northwest hazelnut production. Source: Verne Gingerich wins Nut Grower of the Year

Editorial: Oregon eyes expanding pesticide authority

We think Oregon farm and forest interests are justifiably anxious as the state Department of Environmental Quality works to update its general permit for pesticide discharges under the Clean Water Act. Source: Editorial: Oregon eyes expanding pesticide authority

Our view: Oregon must protect its agriculture zoning rules

It’s unclear who is clamoring for county’s proposed “non-resource transitional lands,” but it’s a safe bet there would be demand from wealthy retirees and out-of-towners looking for vacation properties to take advantage of the area’s good weather and scenic beauty. A land use fight is shaping up in Southern Oregon’s Douglas County that pits the […]
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2017 Census of Agriculture is now underway throughout the nation

The most ambitious and important agricultural survey of all is getting underway in Oregon and the rest of the fifty states as the 2017 Census of Agriculture literally reaches out to every farmer and rancher in the United States. Source: 2017 Census of Agriculture is now underway throughout the nation | Business | theworldlink.com

Oregon-Idaho bulb onion growers enjoy much higher prices

ONTARIO, Ore. — Bulb onion growers in southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon are enjoying much higher prices than this time last year, the result of a production year that was well below average. Source: Oregon-Idaho bulb onion growers enjoy much higher prices

‘Cap and invest’ proposal short on specifics

A recent presentation to the Oregon Board of Agriculture on a new “cap and invest” effort under study by Democratic leaders in the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown’s administration provided more questions than answers. Source: ‘Cap and invest’ proposal short on specifics

Russet potato supplies are tight, boosting prices

With no slowdown in usage through November, the shortfall in this year’s russet potato production in the Pacific Northwest is going to lead to a supply crunch over the next six months. While potato production nationwide in 2017 fell less than 1 percent, things were very different in the Pacific Northwest. Combined production in Idaho, […]
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More low-carb horse hay needed, consultant says

Natalie Shaw, an equine nutrition consultant, is on a mission to encourage Pacific Northwest hay growers to grow low-carbohydrate hay.She said there is a market for that type of feed because the horse population is becoming more urbanized and less physically active. At the same time, these horses ar Source: More low-carb horse hay needed, […]
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Damaged ag facilities slow local job growth

Ongoing work on onion sheds that were damaged or demolished by snow last winter have disrupted the flow of the normal hiring trend in the local area. For its monthly rate, Malheur County saw unemployment drop to 3.9 percent in October, matching the record low reached in June, and .2 percent lower than in September. […]
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