Tag Archives: Farmers/Farms/Farming

Northwest agriculture: You’re not in Kansas

A drive through Oregon’s Willamette Valley will quickly convince any Midwesterner that agriculture in the Pacific Northwest is far different from the Corn Belt. Source: Northwest agriculture: You’re not in Kansas

Our view | Another aid program no substitute for trade

Unable to reach a trade deal with China and end punishing tariffs, President Trump last week promised American farmers and ranchers a new round of aid as the protracted trade battle intensified. Trump, in a post on Twitter, said his administration would use tariff money collected on Chinese imports to buy “agricultural products from our […]
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Thomsen | Agricultural research key to Oregon economy 

As a pear grower in Hood River, and the only full-time farmer currently in the Oregon Legislature, I’ve faced solving agricultural challenges throughout my career. I understand the value of enlisting the help of innovators and researchers in our public institutions, and know that they are working hard to develop solutions to strengthen agricultural opportunities. […]
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Fund Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program to provide farmers incentive

A newly released 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture contains the concerning information that Oregon has continued to lose more agricultural land. The Census is conducted every five years and provides information for every county in the country. This most recent tally shows that the loss in total farmland in Oregon in the last five years is […]
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Fund Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program to provide farmers incentive

A newly released 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture contains the concerning information that Oregon has continued to lose more agricultural land. The Census is conducted every five years and provides information for every county in the country. This most recent tally shows that the loss in total farmland in Oregon in the last five years is […]
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Forecast: Water supplies across Oregon mixed

Oregon farmers and ranchers can expect mixed irrigation supplies heading into summer after months of fast-changing weather. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service released its statewide water outlook report for May, predicting near- to above-average stream flows in eastern and southern Oregon, and near- to below-average stream flows in central and western Oregon. Source: Forecast: […]
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Standing up for the count: Women farmers better represented in Census of Ag

Women have always played a role in agriculture, and the latest Census of Agriculture did a better job of capturing that involvement. When Stacie Ballard signed on with a local processor in 1995 to sell milk from her fledgling dairy, the company put the contract in her husband’s name — even though he was working […]
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Steady as she grows for Northwest ag

Wheat, hay and potatoes often come to mind as the top agricultural commodities grown in the three Pacific Northwest states, but the 2017 Census of Agriculture found those well-known commodities were dwarfed by two others — milk and apples. Source: Steady as she grows for Northwest ag | Dairy | capitalpress.com

Acreage is down, but number of farms is up

In Jackson County, land in agricultural production declined by 20% between 2012 and 2017 — to 170,298 acres — or 9.5% of Jackson County’s land. In 1964, 36% of Jackson County was in agricultural production. During the same period, 2% percent of Oregon’s farm land — 340,000 acres — was converted to other uses. Those […]
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Local farmland down nearly 10 percent in five years

Oregon legislators called on to help save farms. Farmers are concerned about shrinking acreage in the Tillamook area. New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that 340,000 acres fell out of agricultural production in Oregon from 2012-2017, more than three times the number of acres lost from 2007-2012 (98,000 acres). Since 1997, Oregon […]
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