Month: June 2016

Miss Oregon: Agricultural Ambassador to Japan

Ali Wallace Miss Oregon 2015

BY NAOMI INMAN

Oregon’s Department of Agriculture (ODA) deployed a new culinary ambassador this recent February when Miss Oregon 2015, Ali Wallace, flew to Japan to promote trade and raise eyebrows for her home state’s sensational food and beverage exports. Continue reading

Oregon Wine Industry Flourishes

Attracts Out of State Buyers

Oregon Wine Country

BY MATT EVANS

In the last decade, Oregon’s wine industry has evolved from a cottage industry into one the state’s burgeoning economic engines.  Continue reading

Oregon FFA’s Future is Bright

Not Enough Teachers to Catch Up

Future Farmers of America

The FFA Motto:  Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, and Living to Serve.

BY NAOMI INMAN

When you think of the Oregon FFA Association (OFFA), three words come to mind: Continue reading

NW Cranberry Growers See Record Growth

Oregon Cranberry Bog

Sometimes all it takes is an opportunity. That’s what cranberry growers in Oregon and Washington have been given following the 2015 fall harvest season.

BY KURT HEATH

As demand for cranberries and related market competition continue to rise in the United States and around the world, the Northwest’s cranberry industry is poised to capitalize on a less than stellar 2015 in Wisconsin, which is the largest cranberry growing state in the country. Continue reading

Oregon Seed Council Director Roger Beyer

Oregon Seed Council Director, Roger Beyer

BY KURT HEATH

Driving between Portland and Eugene, one can’t help but notice Oregon’s wide-open beauty.  Continue reading

Cattle Replaces Nursery as Oregon’s Top Ag Commodity

Beef Cattle

BY KURT HEATH

The Oregon Department of Agriculture reports that cattle and calves has taken the lead in production value for 2014 in Oregon’s top agricultural commodities.  Continue reading

Jason & Nataly Mattox

Jason Mattox, Natalie Mattox

BY KURT HEATH

Respect for others.  Commitment to family.  Honoring true heroes.  Keeping your word.  Doing what’s right.  According to Jason Mattox, these are the hallmarks of the “Western way of life.”  Continue reading

Senator, Coach, Firefighter; but Most of All a Farmer

Oregon State Senator Chuck Thomsen

BY NAOMI INMAN

Flanking the eastside of the Hood River Valley, and just to the south of Whiskey Creek Road, a fair stretch of Eastside Road winds along miles of winter pear orchards, dotted with vintage farm homes.  A modest but dignified, crisp, white, salt-block home has stood as a Thomsen family residence for the better part of a century. Continue reading

FFA High School Students Serve Thousands of Oregon Families

Future Farmers of America

BY NAOMI INMAN

One ag student’s class competition is another family’s food on the table.  That’s what happened at Perrydale high school in 1997 when a friendly rivalry between freshmen and sophomores snowballed into Food for All, a huge produce drive coordinated by Oregon’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) students to fight hunger and feed families.  Continue reading

California Looks to Oregon for Farm Salvation

Matt Cyrus, President, Oregon Family Farm Association.

Matt Cyrus, President, Oregon Family Farm Association.

Oregon has been the nation’s top moving destination state three years in a row.  This wave now includes California farmers looking for a better harvest.  Continue reading