Tag Archives: Farmers/Farms/Farming

State leader: ‘Ag is cool’ Average farm size in Malheur County doubles state median

The future of Oregon agriculture and occupational opportunities in the sector was the focus of comments by Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, in her talk to those attending the Summer Farm Festival and Malheur Experiment Station Field Day on Wednesday. Taylor met with onion packers and shippers and toured Owyhee Dam […]
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Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The Earth

High in fiber and protein, chickpeas are playing a starring role on menus. They’re also good for soil health — and growing demand could help restore soils depleted by decades of intensive farming. Hummus is having a heyday with American consumers, and that could be as good for the soil as it is for our […]
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Our view | Tip of the hat, kick in the pants

Legislative success can often be hard to come by the, but a tip of the hat to Oregon lawmakers for approving a bill that funnels more than $1 million to the education department for FFA programs. The legislation, House Bill 2444, secured a 27-0 vote in the Senate last week and it will furnish $1.43 million to […]
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Oregon Again Adopts Laws to Foster Growth for Beer by Allowing New “Farm Breweries”

The Oregon legislature recently enacted Oregon Senate Bill (“SB”) 287 into law, allowing the establishment of farm breweries on land zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use. The new law allows breweries to enjoy the same privileges on farmland that have been available for wineries (since 2011) and cideries (since 2017). […]
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Oregon FFA receives $1.4M in state funding

Oregon FFA, an agricultural education and leadership organization, will receive funding from the state this biennium for the first time in eight years. House Bill 2444, relating to agricultural education, flew through the Senate on June 30 by a 27-0 vote. The bill appropriates $1.43 million to the Oregon Department of Education for FFA to […]
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Statewide marijuana surplus affects local farmer

Charles Johnson, the founder and CEO of Truly Oreganic, began his business venture into the marijuana industry back in 2016. The Mississippi native, who originally moved to Oregon to study biology, said after finishing school he had a decision to make – to either enter the health industry or pursue his longtime interest in marijuana […]
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Oregon farmers, loggers impact 2019 legislative session

The 2019 Oregon legislative session brought a wave of rural voices to Salem, speaking out against controversial climate bills, but cap and trade was not the only issue on the minds of farmers and ranchers. Lawmakers adopted a gross receipts tax on businesses with sales over $1 million to raise money for public schools, debated […]
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Oregon lawmakers expand Farm-to-School Program

Oregon’s Farm-to-School and School Garden Network is poised to expand after state lawmakers approved a bill tripling the program’s budget. House Bill 2579 passed June 29 as Senate Republicans returned to work from a nine-day walkout in opposition to a controversial carbon pricing scheme known as cap and trade. The senators rushed to vote on […]
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In Trump aid package for farmers, many blow past caps

When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show. Source: […]
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How the Trump administration’s 2018 trade aid package works

The Trump administration’s Market Facilitation Program is meant to compensate farmers for income they’ve lost due to the U.S. trade war with China. Data provided to The Associated Press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Freedom of Information Act gives some insights into where the money goes. Source: How the Trump administration’s 2018 […]
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