Tag Archives: Agriculture

Editorial: Of hazelnuts and wooden skyscrapers

A couple of recent news items caught our eye to underline the importance of agriculture and natural resources to the mid-valley’s economy. Now, granted, that’s not exactly news — but it does seem as if it’s easy sometimes to take agriculture for granted as we size up our economic prospects. Source: Editorial: Of hazelnuts and […]
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SAIF’s Farm Safety Seminars Under Way

SAIF, Oregon’s state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company, has begun a presenting a series of agriculture safety webinars across the state. They began Oct. 31 and will continue into March 2018 in 16 cities – the off season for Oregon’s agriculture sector, which makes it easier for workers and employers to attend, according to SAIF, which […]
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Contaminated Salem soil can be moved, used to grow crops, DEQ decides

Oregon has approved a developer’s plan to truck pesticide-contaminated soil from a proposed residential development in Northeast Salem to a farm 6 miles away. Source: Contaminated Salem soil can be moved, used to grow crops, DEQ decides

Oregon Department of Agriculture goes back to school

As it does each October, the Oregon Department of Agriculture celebrates National Farm to School Month by bringing attention to the state’s blossoming farm-to-school efforts. Those efforts include local farmers, ranchers, fishermen and food processors working hard to develop strong relationships with schools. Source: Oregon Department of Agriculture goes back to school – The Produce News […]
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Olives catch on as an Oregon crop

Bogdan Caceu of the Olive Growers of Oregon will provide a five-flight, free tasting of olive oil made from locally grown fruit during Dine Around Oregon. The tasting will follow his informational presentation on growing olives in Oregon.

Growing worries: Tree fruit industry faces challenges from all angles

From the lack of immigration reform and worker shortages to the Food Safety Modernization Act, tree fruit growers worry about their future. As Washington’s apple industry wraps up another harvest, growers and packers are becoming increasingly concerned about rising labor costs and many other issues that threaten their competitiveness. Source: Growing worries: Tree fruit industry […]
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Searching for water efficiency in farming

Dr. Guojie Wang’s name might be hard to pronounce but his goal is easy for any farmer or rancher to understand — how to grow the most cattle feed on a given piece of ground. To avoid tongue-twisting, Wang introduced himself as “G” during his presentation, “Water-Efficient Forages for Eastern Oregon,” last Thursday in North Powder. […]
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Buy Your Christmas Tree Early: There’s A Shortage In The Northwest

You might not get that noble fir of your dreams this year due to a Christmas tree crunch in the Northwest. While you’re focused on getting that last-minute costume and candy ready, Northwest tree farmers are sharpening their blades to cut and bale your Christmas tree. But be warned: you might not get that noble fir […]
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Affordable fuel critical for agriculture — Opinion

Energy accounts for nearly 30 percent of intermediate production costs on Washington farms, and when inputs rise, farms have less to spend on new technology. Many farms are rapidly moving toward green technologies and fuel efficiency. Yet to make that transition, we need access to affordable diesel and gas to make those green investments. Yes, […]
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Crab harvesting closure extended on Oregon coast

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the immediate closure of recreational and commercial crabbing from the north jetty of the Coquille River, which includes the bay in Bandon, to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, […]
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