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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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Are Rural Communities Being Ignored?

June 1, 2019

By: Apollo Fuhriman, Region 10 AdvocateIn April, I met with county council members from Union and Wallowa Counties in Northeast Oregon. These elected officials described several significant long-term issues arising from federally owned lands. Approximately half of the land in these counties is controlled by the federal government, so timely implementation of federal regulations is…

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How to Update Your Employee Handbook

April 1, 2019

By Jenna Reed, Vice President General Counsel and Compliance Services Cascade Employers Association jreed@cascadeemployers.com If it’s been more than a year since you’ve given your employee handbook a thorough read, chances are it’s already out of date. I don’t know too many people that jump up and down about the prospect of updating their employee…

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Hemp Production Program

March 1, 2019

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill, Section 10113) directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue regulations and guidance to implement a program for the commercial production of industrial hemp in the United States. USDA has begun the process to gather information for rulemaking. Once complete, this information will be used…

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Prineville – In the Center of It All

January 1, 2019

By Greg Henderson It might have been 45 million years ago that the Crooked River Caldera was under nature’s construction. The ground shook and mountains grew and exploded into molten lava and ash that made Mount Saint Helens a rather ho-hum spectacle. Today the 10,000 people living in Prineville, call the center of the caldera…

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TARIFF AND TURKEY TALK

September 1, 2018

by Jason Norris, CFA Executive Vice President of Research A currency crisis in Turkey and continued trade uncertainty resulted in a volatile week for equities. International stocks, specifically emerging markets, started selling off. U.S. commodities were also weak. This was offset by positive news on the China trade front. Overall, our view of U.S. economic…

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