Tag Archives: Agriculture

Wineries don’t need to be event centers

In response to your Aug. 9 editorial regarding concerns of wineries events and neighbors, you state wineries “can’t survive just on the sale of wine through their tasting rooms, and hosting events helps them make ends meet,” and “wine alone is not enough to sustain vineyards and wineries all year long, especially smaller ones.” That […]
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Youth movement keeps blueberry farm going

Twenty years ago when the blueberry bushes began to bear fruit, Paul and Sandy Norris gave their daughters and their friends some summer work. One of the reasons the Norrises established the blueberry farm was to expose their daughters — Amy, Carrie and Ellie — to agriculture and the different aspects of farming. Source: Youth […]
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What a trade war means for your marijuana 

Much of the cannabis and concentrates on the market are grown and sold in the U.S. but the devices used to consume them are manufactured in China. If a full-blown, tit-for-tat U.S.-China trade war erupts, a slew of consumer goods could be subject to as much as 25 percent in tax. On the hit list: imported, Chinese-made […]
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Summer pear harvest begins, outlook good

Summer pear harvest began in the lower valley this week, with winter pear harvest expected at the end of the month, said Mike Doke, executive director of Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers, in an email last Wednesday. The earliest pick date for Starkrimson is Aug. 5, and Aug. 11 for Bartletts, he said. Winter pear harvest, […]
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Heeding the message from Rogue warming

As residents of the Rogue Valley, we can ignore the data and our own eyes as some argue we should. Alternatively, we can be a little smarter; we can acknowledge what is happening and then both prepare for the future and commit to reducing the problem. I’m a Rogue Valley newcomer of some seven years […]
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The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture

An imaginary map line dividing East and West illustrates a climate boundary that has influenced how and where people live and work. Its eastward shift could predict changes in farming and ranching. The American West appears to be moving east. New research shows the line on the map that divides the North American continent into […]
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More Than 58K Acres Of Crops Reported Within Substation Fire Boundary

-Nearly half of the crop of Wasco County may be lost as a result of the fire.- About 58,689 acres of crops planted in Wasco and Sherman Counties were within the perimeter of the Substation Fire. While its unclear how much of those crops were harvested before the land east of The Dalles was engulfed […]
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More farms, ranches embracing agritourism –

Opening to the public provides an enjoyable, educational and profitable additional business for many farms and ranches. White wooden-block letters on the side of a large red barn near this small town in Oregon’s Willamette Valley spell out the name of one of the state’s most popular agritourism destinations. Source: More farms, ranches embracing agritourism […]
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Pear harvest begins early

Relentless triple-digit weather and warm nights have pushed the beginning of the Rogue Valley’s pear harvest into July this year. Naumes Inc. began picking Starkrimson pears Monday — a week earlier than last year’s early harvest — in two blocks off South Stage Road and off Carpenter Hill Road. “The pears were maturing a little […]
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Column: Balancing road safety with realities of ag production

Livestock haulers who reach driving-time limits while hauling livestock will face difficult decisions: compliance with animal welfare laws and guidelines or compliance with federal Hours of Service regulations. Holding town meetings in all of Idaho’s communities enables me to hear clearly some of the most pressing issues on the minds of Idahoans. Oftentimes those concerns […]
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