Tag Archives: Agriculture

Winter ‘not scary’ for NW farmers, weatherman says

The Pacific Northwest will see slightly above normal temperatures and normal precipitation throughout the winter, a well-known weatherman predicts. Art Douglas, a professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., is best known for his presentations at the Spokane Ag Show every winter. Source: Winter ‘not scary’ for NW farmers, weatherman says […]
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Christmas tree prices expected to stay high this year

Blame tight supply: Four hundred fewer Oregon growers exist today than 15 years ago. Experts in Oregon, the nation’s No. 1 supplier of Christmas trees, say prices for a holiday evergreen will remain higher this year due to a tight supply. Source: Christmas tree prices expected to stay high this year – oregonlive.com

Christmas tree prices are high, but it’s cheap to cut down your own with a U.S. Forest Service permit

‘Tis the season for cold, snowy weather. Many Oregonians will soon don warm socks and sweaters and gather with their loved ones to hang baubles, ornaments and lights from the green, needled branches of a Christmas tree. Source: Christmas tree prices are high, but it’s cheap to cut down your own with a U.S. Forest […]
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A Horse Who Sued A Person Provokes Oregon Agricultural Interests

Three Oregon agriculture groups are opposing a lawsuit to expand animal rights, and allow nonhuman victims to recoup damages from abusive people. The case puts a fundamental question to the courts: Can a horse sue a person? Source: A Horse Who Sued A Person Provokes Oregon Agricultural Interests . News | OPB

Guest Column: Row together to find river solutions

French philosopher and novelist Jean-Paul Sartre said: “Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” The agricultural community in Central Oregon — farmers, local businesses, and irrigation districts — along with dozens of partners, has spent the past decade collectively rowing the proverbial boat to improve the health of the Deschutes […]
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Oregon Christmas Shortages, Seed Supplies and Climate Change Blamed

Oregon Christmas tree farmers may be looking at a lean harvest this year, due to seedling shortages and the changing climate.   According to Christmas Tree Specialist Chal Landgren of Oregon State University, just a decade ago seedling suppliers weren’t able to keep up with demand.   Source: Oregon Christmas Shortages, Seed Supplies and Climate Change Blamed […]
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Washington tallies carbon; agriculture contributes 6.6%

Belching livestock, decomposing manure and cultivated cropland emitted about 6.6% of Washington’s greenhouse gases in 2017, the Washington Department of Ecology reported Tuesday. The agriculture sector contributed 6.5 million metric tons to the state’s release of 97.5 million metric tons of gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Source: Washington tallies carbon; agriculture […]
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In pursuit of big profits, hemp growers blaze a perilous new path in Northwest agriculture

On a foggy November day, farm workers take clippers to a field of bushy green plants, snipping tops full of flower buds dotted with flecks of sticky resin. By the end of the day, the cuttings dry inside a southeast Portland warehouse, hanging from tall plastic trellises like aromatic curtains. Source: In pursuit of big […]
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NORPAC Foods layoffs climb after bankruptcy sale falls through

Embattled NORPAC Foods has told 924 workers at its Salem and Brooks processing facilities the plants could close permanently on January 12, 2020 and they would be laid off, but it appears the sale of at least some parts of the company is imminent. Source: NORPAC Foods layoffs climb after bankruptcy sale falls through

Making the grade

As the dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Alan Sams’ influence extends far beyond campus.  Not only is Sams responsible for 2,600 enrolled students and 250 faculty, he is also in charge of overseeing millions of dollars of research to help Oregon farmers and ranchers develop new products, solve grower issues and […]
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