Month: January 2016

The Oregon Country’s Oldest Apple Tree

Oregon Country's Oldest Apple Tree

BY TIM LYMAN

At the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, is the oldest Apple tree in the Oregon Country. Continue reading

Farmers Dread Spotted Frog Lawsuit

Oregon Spotted Frog Rana Pretiosa

BY MATT EVANS

The Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) will get it’s day in a Eugene federal District Court. This will follow, by about two years, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s listing of the amphibian as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act and the recent filing of the lawsuits by WaterWatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity located in Arizona.

At stake is water usage in the Upper Deschutes River basin.  Continue reading

Record Level Drought

Detroit Reservoir Draught Low Water Leve

Detroit Reservoir in Drought

BY KURT HEATH

Even as drought conditions have improved in many states, Oregon’s drought continues and now ranks as the worst in the entire United States. What’s worse, the forecast leading into next year should be cause for concern among Oregon farmers.

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Deer vs. Hemp Crops

Marijuana Leaves on Plant

BY KURT HEATH

For Oregon hemp growers, an unlikely threat has emerged this growing season— deer.  Continue reading

New Sage Grouse Rules

Sage Grouse

BY DAVE HUNNICUTT, OREGONIANS IN ACTION

On July 23, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) approved new rules for the protection of the Greater Sage Grouse.  Continue reading

OSU Partners on $3.2 Million Study to Probe a Costly Potato Pest

potato plants

BY NAOMI INMAN

A leading genomicist, Dee Denver, from Oregon State University’s College of Science, is joining other scientists to find an earth-friendly approach to eliminating the crop crunching pale cyst nematode and golden cyst nematode. Continue reading

Oregon Family Farmers Making Less Income

Hay Rolls

And Owning Less Land

BY DR. ERIC FRUITS

The vast majority of Oregon farms remain family owned.  At the same time, the state has seen a drop in the number of smaller farms. Continue reading

Helpful Guide for Farmer Pests

Winter Cutworm: A New Pest Threat in Oregon

Winter Cutwork Noctua Pronuba

BY NAOMI INMAN

A new publication on the Winter Cutworm from the Oregon State University Extension Service may seem a bit “creepy,” but you’ll be searching for it fast when you notice swaths of damaged lawns Continue reading

50,000 New Ag Jobs Delivered by Drones

Matt Cyrus, President, Oregon Family Farm Association.

Matt Cyrus, President, Oregon Family Farm Association.

A study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that the drone revolution will create nearly 50,000 new agriculture related jobs in America.  The revenue is projected to be in the tens of billions. Continue reading