Tag Archives: Agriculture

Oregon Task Force To Tackle The Use Of The Controversial Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

An advisory committee is considering limits on the use of a controversial pesticides. Last year, both the Trump Administration and Oregon lawmakers chose not to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to developmental and health problems with those who have become exposed to it. The pesticide is mainly used on Christmas trees, leafy greens, […]
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Union withdraws objection to NORPAC asset sale

A union representing food processing workers has dropped its objection to the bankrupt NORPAC cooperative’s sale of three Oregon facilities. With a new labor contract in hand, a union representing food processing workers has dropped its objection to the bankrupt NORPAC cooperative’s sale of three Oregon facilities. Source: Union withdraws objection to NORPAC asset sale […]
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Blue gold: Put water rights to good use

The most important asset farmers own is not the land, said Peter Mohr, a natural resources attorney. “It’s the water right.” Source: Blue gold: Put water rights to good use

Oregon snowpack well below normal heading into 2020

Early season snowfall is lagging again across Oregon heading into the new year, potentially foreshadowing another dry and difficult summer ahead for farmers and ranchers. But as 2019 proved, things can turn around quickly, giving plenty of reason for hope. Source: Oregon snowpack well below normal heading into 2020

Record-Number of US States Growing Hops As Craft-Beer Booms

Craft breweries aren’t just a fun place to meet up with friends. They may be fueling an unprecedented geographic expansion of hop production across the U.S., according to researchers at Penn State and The University of Toledo. Their findings suggest that as more craft breweries emerge around the country, so may new opportunities for farmers. […]
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Editorial: 2020 Legislature poised to have big impact on agriculture

Agriculture is big business in Oregon. Statistics from the Oregon Department of Agriculture help build a picture of the scope: The state has 37,200 farms and 16 million acres in farmland; Oregon produces $1.8 billion in agricultural exports; And Oregon is also the number one producer in the country of hazelnuts, many types of seed, […]
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Wine industry leader Jim Bernau highlights Agri-Business Banquet

Jim Bernau, founder and CEO of Willamette Valley Vineyards, has been a part of the Oregon wine industry for most of its meteoric growth. Bernau founded the Salem-based vineyard in 1983, after securing the hillside property that hosts the vineyard two years earlier. Source: Wine industry leader Jim Bernau highlights Agri-Business Banquet

The decade of pot in Southern Oregon

The teen years of this century will be remembered as a turbulent time for the cannabis industry as it made great strides toward legalization while taking a few stumbles trying to shake off its bootleg past. When voters legalized marijuana in 2014, it started a “Green Rush” that attracted get-rich-quick schemes along with a wild […]
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Mistletoe season: Entrepreneurs profit from parasitic plant

After more than a decade in business, Garrett Huggins doesn’t aspire to become a mistletoe magnate. Huggins is content to earn most of his income as a union carpenter while selling the wild-harvested holiday crop through his family’s company, Genuine Oregon Mistletoe, as a sideline. Source: Mistletoe season: Entrepreneurs profit from parasitic plant | Nation […]
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Huge, invasive bee-killing hornet turns up in Washington state

Washington state authorities say an Asian giant hornet has turned up near the Canadian border, carrying with it the potential for a powerful and painful sting – and a potential threat to honeybees. Source: Huge, invasive bee-killing hornet turns up in Washington state – oregonlive.com