Tag Archives: Agriculture

Oregon Farm Bureau urges ag exclusions from possible shelter-in-place order

While Oregon is not yet ready to implement a “shelter-in-place” order to limit the spread of coronavirus, farmers and ranchers are making their case as an essential service to avoid being disrupted heading into the spring and summer growing seasons. Source: Oregon Farm Bureau urges ag exclusions from possible shelter-in-place order | Oregon | capitalpress.com

Editorial: Pioneers, researchers change face of agriculture

There was a time not too long ago when anyone who talked about growing wine grapes in Oregon or Washington state would be greeted with a cocked head. Source: Editorial: Pioneers, researchers change face of agriculture | Editorials | capitalpress.com

Oil of Olea: Researchers aim to kick-start Oregon olive industry

New research led by Oregon State University aims to determine best farming practices for olives, a niche crop in Oregon, which could help to kick-start the state’s fledgling industry. Source: Oil of Olea: Researchers aim to kick-start Oregon olive industry | Orchards, Nuts & Vines | capitalpress.com

Guest column: North Unit and COID farmers partner to get more water in the Deschutes River

In 1989, I moved with my family to Madras to farm full time on 350 acres. At the time, sustainable farming wasn’t yet in the agriculture lexicon, and water conservation practices were only beginning to modernize. As new farmers and North Unit Irrigation District patrons, we were eager to find ways to be more efficient […]
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State implementing new approach to oversight of agricultural water quality enforcement in Grant County next year

SIA process is new to Grant County but has been implemented in other areas of Oregon for several years. Next year the Oregon Department of Agriculture will change its water quality enforcement process in Grant County from a complaint-based approach to an active review of any property conditions that might lead to a lack of […]
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Klamath Project farmers say question marks loom over coming season

Farmers and ranchers in the federally operated Klamath Project are struggling to plan for the upcoming irrigation season without knowing how much water will be allocated by the Bureau of Reclamation. Now is usually the time of year when Brad Kirby, manager of the Tulelake Irrigation District in northern California, starts getting phone calls from […]
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Diverse group of CO water users band together for conservation

Mike Britton, general manager for the North Unit Irrigation District, didn’t want to use a cliche when speaking earlier this month in Madras to a group of farmers about the water crisis hitting farmers in Jefferson County. But the phrase “it takes a village” just seemed too appropriate to pass up. Source: Diverse group of […]
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Umatilla County, Oregon, Residents Assess Damage After Record Flooding

As floodwaters continue to recede in northeastern Oregon, residents and Umatilla County officials are assessing the damage, ranging from washed-out roads, bridges and homes. Umatilla County is urging homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the floods to report economic and agricultural damages to the county by noon Thursday, Feb. 13. Source: Umatilla County, Oregon, Residents Assess […]
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Water shortages to fallow fields again in Jefferson County

Farmers and agricultural product suppliers hit by downturn. Inside a low-slung building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds it was standing room only for presentations that would give insight into how much water would be available to farmers in 2020. Mike Britton, general manager for the North Unit Irrigation District, explained a diagram that showed the […]
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Commentary: How satellites, drones and the internet are changing ag

As my dad climbs into the tractor this spring, he’ll plug in his iPad, open an app and start planting. As the tractor rolls across the field, the screen on the iPad turns green with it. The app is logging seed population data, cross-referencing the soil type with surveys of the land. Source: Commentary: How […]
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