Tag Archives: Farmers/Farms/Farming

Editorial: Breaking the silence about opioid epidemic

Every day we get the latest on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. How many people tested positive, and how many have died. The number rolls higher and higher every day as our political leaders struggle to find a way to slow its spread. But there’s another, more deadly, epidemic that has swept across the U.S. over […]
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Coronavirus and the States: Governors Plan Field Hospitals; Heartland Unemployment Spikes

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. Governors seek more tests. Telemedicine sees boost. Farmers could get relief money. Over the weekend, the Trump administration approved requests from governors in California, New York and Washington to declare their states major disaster areas. With that, the federal government said it would set up field hospitals […]
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Disaster aid available for hazelnut, winegrape growers

Millions of dollars of disaster aid is now available to Oregon hazelnut growers who suffered crop losses in February 2019 as a result of severe snowstorms that damaged up to 12% of mature orchards in the southern Willamette Valley. Source: Disaster aid available for hazelnut, winegrape growers | Oregon | capitalpress.com

Virus threatens labor for farms, food processors in PNW

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is threatening to worsen labor shortages experienced by Pacific Northwest farms and food processors. On March 16, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico said it would suspend routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services due to COVID-19, potentially cutting off seasonal and migrant agricultural workers through the H-2A visa program. Source: Virus threatens […]
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Commentary: Make census count

In the coming days your household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 census. It’s part of a constitutional mandate for the federal government to count every man, woman and child living in the United States. This has happened every decade since the initial census in 1790, shortly after the founding of our […]
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Bleak water year looms for Klamath Project

As Klamath County became the first in Oregon to officially declare drought in 2020, hundreds of local farmers and ranchers are bracing for what could be one of the most difficult water years in recent memory. Gov. Kate Brown signed a drought declaration for the county in south-central Oregon on March 2, more than two […]
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Guest column: North Unit and COID farmers partner to get more water in the Deschutes River

In 1989, I moved with my family to Madras to farm full time on 350 acres. At the time, sustainable farming wasn’t yet in the agriculture lexicon, and water conservation practices were only beginning to modernize. As new farmers and North Unit Irrigation District patrons, we were eager to find ways to be more efficient […]
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Commentary: How farmers can keep geese at bay

In recent months, I’ve had several inquiries from farmers about how to obtain a goose depredation permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). As many farmers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley know first-hand, along with an increasing number of growers in other parts of the state, goose depredation on crops is a very frustrating, […]
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Network of small farmers voices support for cap and trade in Oregon

More than 270 small farmers, ranchers and forestland owners have signed on in support of Oregon’s controversial cap and trade proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects. As Oregon lawmakers clash over a controversial bill to curb the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, Mimi Casteel says climate change is already posing a major […]
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Big event for small farms: OSU conference draws participants from around the Northwest

Approximately 900 people attended the 20th annual Oregon State University Small Farms Conference on campus in Corvallis, featuring seminars on specialty food production and localized marketing channels. For Jake Carpenter, the strategy was to divide and conquer at the annual Oregon State University Small Farms Conference on Feb. 22. Source: Big event for small farms: […]
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