Agriculture

Department Cautions Against Further Groundwater Development in the Harney Basin as Data Indicate Groundwater is Being Depleted

July 2, 2020

The Oregon Water Resources Department is advising permit holders in the Harney Basin against increasing their groundwater use, even if they have a water right permit that allows for additional pumping to increase the amount of land being irrigated. Preliminary results from the Harney Basin Groundwater Study show that groundwater is being used faster than…

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Oregon’s Marijuana Industry and Employment Trends

July 2, 2020

by Guy Tauer, State of Oregon Employment Department Recreational marijuana sales hit a new record high of $89 million in April 2020 amid the single full month of stay-at-home orders related to COVID-19, a 45 percent increase over April 2019. In March, the second-highest month ever recorded, cannabis sales hit $84.5 million. The previous record…

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In Cod (And Crab!) We Trust – Oregon’s Seafood Processing Industry

April 28, 2020

By Erik KnoderState of Oregon Employment Department In 2018, Oregon had 34 employers and 1,245 employees turning slimy fish and armored crustaceans into succulent seafood ready for cooking and eating. The addition of more businesses is partially reversing a trend of consolidation in the industry. Commercial fishers landed about 313 million pounds of fish and…

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Gavin Joll to become General Manager of Abacela Winery

April 22, 2020

Roseburg Oregon, (April 16, 2020) Abacela is pleased to announce that Gavin Joll will start as General Manager May 1st, 2020. Gavin, a native Oregonian and graduate of Willamette University, has worked in the wine industry since 2004, including thirteen years as the General Manager of White Rose Estate in the Dundee Hills. Gavin voiced,…

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SOIL

February 27, 2020

It’s About Dirt… and a Whole Lot More OSU Soil Science professor, James Cassidy (and founder of the OSU student farm) spoke at a Farmer Luncheon at Eugene’s Hummingbird Wholesale. His presentation SOIL: What It Is and How It Works, was music to the ears of the many farmers and employees in attendance. James also…

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Down on the Farm – 2017 Census of Agriculture for Oregon

December 3, 2019

by Dallas Fridley Oregon’s farm acreage totaled about 16 million in 2017, with 37,616 farms and 67,595 producers, of which 44 percent were female producers. These results and more are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report, 2017 Census of Agriculture. The Census of Agriculture is intended as “a complete count of U.S. farms…

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USDA 2019 Organic Survey to get underway

November 20, 2019

Results will help develop programs for producers WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 U.S. producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the 2019 Organic Survey. Each producer who self-reported organic…

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New EU rules require expanded inspections for US plant product exports

November 6, 2019

November 6, 2019 – The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is alerting businesses that export plant products to the European Union (EU) of new regulations taking effect December 14, 2019. The new regulations require a phytosanitary certificate for most plants and plant products. ODA provides inspections and phytosanitary certificates for export. A phytosanitary certificate is issued…

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“Cut-off” Flood Irrigation A management practice that works for the Inland Rogue Basin

August 1, 2019

Flood irrigation is an ingenious, inexpensive means to grow tens of millions of dollars worth of agricultural produce. While current flood irrigation methods result in 40% to 45% efficiency, compared to 70% or greater for sprinkler systems, research shows that flood systems can be as efficient as most other irrigation methods. Such efficiency requires knowing…

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OSU launches The Global Hemp Innovation Center

July 1, 2019

The Global Hemp Innovation Center will be based in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences with research taking place across the state and world. STORY BY: Heidi Happonen,541-737-9180, heidi.happonen@oregonstate.edu SOURCE: Alan Sams, 541-737- 2331, alan.sams@oregonstate.edu; Jay Noller, 541-737- 2821, jay.noller@oregonstate.edu Oregon State University launches largest, most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation CORVALLIS, Ore. –…

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Support your county fair. It’s good business.

July 1, 2019

Be sure to visit county fairs this summer. Did you know that the county fair is a key economic driver is Oregon? Below is a list of all county fairs in Oregon from oregonfairs.org

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Affordable Housing and Services for Farmworker Families in Oregon

June 1, 2019

The city of Forest Grove in Washington County, Oregon is located just inside the Portland metropolitan area’s urban growth boundary, and is nearly surrounded by land zoned for agriculture and forest use. In the most recent step toward meeting the need for affordable farmworker housing in Forest Grove, a nonprofit affordable housing developer completed the…

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