Tag Archives: Agriculture

Will wildfires affect the taste of Oregon’s wines?

Days after the Eagle Creek fire, a haze of choking smoke settled over Portland. It turned the sun and moon an ominous blood orange and forced many to wear specially rated masks to combat the unhealthy air quality. Across Oregon, that same smoke drifting off the more than 600,000 acres currently burning have blown through […]
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A great solution for fish, fowl and farmers | Columnists | 

You’ve probably heard or read about new culverts and tide gates being installed in the Winter Lake area. But I’ll bet you’ll don’t know the full benefits of the changes – not just for local ranching families, but also for Northwest salmon recovery, migratory bird habitat and more. My job with the Coquille Indian Tribe […]
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Oregon grass straw passes the test for livestock

On a typical summer day, Anita Holman, an Oregon State University faculty research assistant, will have around 1,000 tall fescue or perennial rye grass samples waiting in the laboratory for her and 11 student workers to test.

Drought spreads across three-quarters of Washington, half of Oregon

Drought conditions are spreading rapidly across Washington and Oregon, federal officials reported Thursday, though cooler and wetter weather is expected to settle over the Northwest during the last half of September Source: Drought spreads across three-quarters of Washington, half of Oregon – Water – Capital Press

Farmers, beekeepers put aside differences to aid bees

The honey bee industry has struggled for years with livestock loss, creating tensions between beekeepers and agriculture over where to place blame. A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers over the decline in bee populations and get them to work together with scientists to reverse […]
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Smoke From Wildfires Worries Northwest Winemakers, Farmers

On a clear day, Jocelyn Bentley-Prestwich can see Mount Adams from the vineyard where she works in Hood River. But lately, she’s had difficulty seeing to the end of her property line. With the Eagle Creek Fire burning along the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River has been cloaked in heavy smoke for more than a week. Source: Smoke From […]
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A glimpse at the future of agriculture – – Opinion

In 1977, when the first “Star Wars” movie premiered, few — if any — viewers thought it would predict the future of agriculture. We should explain. Source: A glimpse at the future of agriculture – – Capital Press

Ag DACA damage could be minimal

Ending deportation deferrals for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children may not be a big hit to agriculture, an immigration attorney says. Most of them are in other occupations, he says. The Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months may have little impact on […]
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Table grape field day set for OSU’s North Willamette station

Promising table grape cultivars, not to mention tasty grape samples, will be on display and up for discussion during a field day at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center. Source: Capital Press

Onion industry scrambles to rebuild damaged facilities

Some of the onion storage sheds in Idaho and Oregon that collapsed under the weight of snow and ice this winter won’t be rebuilt before this year’s harvest begins in earnest. But yields are expected to be down, which could take some of the pressure off. The Idaho-Oregon onion industry’s rebuilding efforts following the heavy […]
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