Tag Archives: Farmers/Farms/Farming

Blue gold: Put water rights to good use

The most important asset farmers own is not the land, said Peter Mohr, a natural resources attorney. “It’s the water right.” Because water is considered blue gold, it provokes disputes across the U.S. Source: Blue gold: Put water rights to good use | Water | capitalpress.com

Blockchain technology helps farmers track crops

Blockchain, a shared digital ledger that tracks every transaction in a supply chain, is quickly proving to be an invaluable tool for farmers, processors, distributors and retailers. As soon as fresh blueberries are picked at farms in Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, the race is on to prevent the fruit from spoiling. Source: Blockchain technology helps […]
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Willamette Valley Farmers Wait To See If NORPAC Will Be Sold 

The layoff notices last year were dramatic: The farmer-owned cooperative NORPAC was bankrupt and eliminating more than 1,000 jobs at fruit and vegetable processing plants in the Salem area. Meanwhile, Willamette Valley farmers watched the bankruptcy unfold and tallied its impact on their wallets, their loans and their farms. Source: Willamette Valley Farmers Wait To See If NORPAC Will Be […]
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On-farm solar grows as farmers see economic rewards — and risks

Farms are starting to see the light as on-farm solar proves to be an important income stream. Steve Pierson switched from raising conventional dairy cows in confinement to grazing the animals on organic pasture for a simple reason: they kept getting sick. Source: On-farm solar grows as farmers see economic rewards — and risks | […]
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Editorial: Harney County residents right to seek a new way

Water is precious in Oregon’s High Desert region, which runs across Eastern Oregon from Lake County into Idaho, and nowhere is that more true than in Harney County. Yet what little water there is in the county is being used far faster than it can be replaced. Now state and local officials, environmentalists and others […]
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Guest Column: Fishermen and farmers need solutions

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s draft report on the lower Snake River dams raises important questions about the future of our region’s salmon runs, energy and infrastructure. But one of the most important considerations in the report is the future of our rural economies — from here on the Pacific coast to the inland Northwest. Commercial […]
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Oregon snowpack well below normal heading into 2020

Early season snowfall is lagging again across Oregon heading into the new year, potentially foreshadowing another dry and difficult summer ahead for farmers and ranchers. But as 2019 proved, things can turn around quickly, giving plenty of reason for hope. Source: Oregon snowpack well below normal heading into 2020

Editorial: Farmers right to be skeptical of being made whole

The results of a study of stakeholder attitudes regarding the proposed breaching of Snake River dams were hardly surprising, but ag interests say the document may serve to educate proponents of the complexities the issue presents. We can only hope so. Source: Editorial: Farmers right to be skeptical of being made whole | Editorials | […]
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The U.S. legal weed industry is the best in the world, but federal laws are hurting its trade prospects

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Federal prohibitions are getting in the way of efforts to grow the U.S. marijuana business into […]
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Hermiston hosting farm safety seminars

Farm work is a whole lot safer than it used to be. But as far as SAIF is concerned, even one injury or illness is too many. That’s why SAIF is offering 29 free ag safety seminars in 17 cities across Oregon, including Jan. 14-15 in Hermiston. Source: Hermiston hosting farm safety seminars | Local […]
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