Tag Archives: Agriculture

Competing sites vie for Willamette intermodal facility

Proponents of locating an Oregon intermodal yard in Brooks and Millersburg both claim their preferred site has major advantages. Though the locations are less than 30 miles apart, supporters of competing sites for a Willamette Valley intermodal facility claim stark differences between the two. Source: Competing sites vie for Willamette intermodal facility – Oregon – […]
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A fruitful hemp harvest, but for how long?

Southern Oregon’s growing contingent of hemp growers are harvesting their fields and drying their crops. And with demand for hemp booming, the market looks promising. But some farmers wonder what the future holds. Source: A fruitful hemp harvest, but for how long? | Mail Tribune

WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture

Trade uncertainty being resolved is a good thing for the wheat market, Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says. Certainty is better than uncertainty for agricultural trade, a Washington State University economics professor says. Source: WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture – – Capital Press

County court declares state of emergency

The Malheur County Court declared a state of emergency in the county Wednesday in response to the drought conditions that are causing “severe economic damage” in the agricultural industry, according to the resolution which was adopted. The resolution was brought to the court by county Emergency Services Manager Lt. Rich Harriman. As of Sept. 20, […]
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Reservoirs again show their value

Reservoirs in and around Baker County have shrunken to comparative puddles, mute evidence to the severity of the drought that has persisted into autumn. Yet when we look at the steep, dusty shores that were under water last spring we imagine how different things would be if the reservoirs didn’t exist. Source: Reservoirs again show […]
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Heat, smoke not expected to diminish Oregon potato harvest

Potato farmers across Oregon are expecting solid yields and quality, despite intense heat and wildfire smoke during the growing season. Months of intense heat and smoky skies are not expected to diminish Oregon’s potato crop, with farmers across the state predicting average to above-average yields heading into the bulk of harvest. Bill Brewer, CEO of […]
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Oregon Reaches Critical Drought Levels After Driest Summer West of the Cascades in 40 Years

Hot, dry conditions continue to fuel fires and will likely harm agriculture. It’s no surprise that during a year where Portland saw a record number of 90-degree days, drought conditions across Oregon have reached critical levels. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, 93 percent of the state is in a drought and 100 […]
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ODA’s Lisa Hanson wins national award

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has recognized the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Director Lisa Charpilloz Hanson with the James A. Graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture. Lisa Charpilloz Hanson, deputy director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, has won the James A. Graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture from […]
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Pacific Northwest pear forecast increases

Harvest has started and the forecast of Pacific Northwest fresh pear production is up 1.3 million, 40-pound boxes from what it was in June. Pear harvest is underway in all four growing regions of the Pacific Northwest, and Pear Bureau Northwest is forecasting a larger fresh crop than it did in June. The new estimate […]
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As Wildfires Rage, Smoke Chokes Out Farmworkers And Delays Some Crops

Smoke from wildfires is blanketing much of the West. That’s ruining some crops and may be stunting others. And it’s making it difficult or unsafe for laborers to pick the harvest. On Mike Pink’s potato farm at dawn, the sun is an angry red ball low in the sky. This summer, wildfire smoke has blanketed […]
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