Tag Archives: Agriculture

Your Christmas tree almost certainly came from one of these two states

-Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, you had to travel far to get to me.- Maine has lobsters. New York has apples. North Carolina and Oregon have … Christmas trees? The two states are the largest producers of real Christmas trees in the country, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Source: Your Christmas […]
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Editorial: A potential big step for industrial hemp

The 2018 version of the Farm Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and now moves to the House, features the typical hodgepodge of provisions affecting farmers across the United States — and it also includes a measure that could represent a watershed moment for industrial hemp. The mammoth bill includes the Hemp Farming […]
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Ag lending outlook generally favorable as some concerns persist

Crop prices, trade, interest rates among the issues facing farmers and ranchers. Northwest Farm Credit Services expects its loan portfolio to grow moderately in 2019, by around 5 percent, and other agricultural lenders expect loan volumes to meet or slightly exceed 2018 levels. “We are still very bullish about Northwest agriculture for the long term,” […]
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Christmas tree supplies remain tight

A continued shortage of Christmas trees grown in the Northwest will likely mean higher prices this season. A lingering shortage from Oregon growers means Americans will once again pay more for Christmas trees this holiday season. Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University, said tight supplies are the result of overproduction during […]
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Governor recommends $13 million for BMCC project

Blue Mountain Regional Training Center still needs support from Oregon Legislature to secure funding. The Blue Mountain Regional Training Center, formerly known as FARM II, just received a $13 million endorsement from the governor. Gov. Kate Brown released her recommended budget for the 2019-2021 biennium, which included allocating $8 million from state lottery bonds toward […]
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Growers say drought hurts Oregon Christmas tree crop

It’s a tough year for Christmas tree growers; they say drought is hurting their crop at a time when supply is already low. “It has no roots, they’ve all died from the fact that it’s been so dry,” said David Roy, the owner of Quail Creek Ranch Christmas Trees. “Usually we have about a 95 […]
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Column: How — and why — to save the family farm

Why agriculture needs our governor and legislators to invest $10 million in the 2019-2021 state budget to finally put the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program to work. Source: Capital Press

Funding requested to improve soft white wheat in saltine crackers

Jayne Bock may be just 10 days into her new job as technical director at the Portland-based Wheat Marketing Center, but she is already looking to build upon research to strengthen markets for Northwest growers. Source: Funding requested to improve soft white wheat in saltine crackers – Oregon – Capital Press

High-tech farmers are using LED lights in ways that seem to border on science fiction

The latest lights can be used to alter how plants grow, how they taste and how nutritious they are. And in some cases, scientists say, they’re better at the job than the sun. Mike Zelkind stands at one end of what was once a shipping container and opens the door to the future. Thousands of […]
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Oregon hazelnut harvest falls short of expectations

Hazelnut growers in Oregon were anticipating a record-high crop in 2018, although it appears the harvest is coming in short of expectations. The Capital Press reported Monday that the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service predicted 52,000 tons of hazelnuts in August, which would have beaten the previous record of 49,500 tons in 2001. Source: Oregon […]
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