Month: January 2017

Oregonians Named 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

Oregon Tree Farmers

(left to right) Dean Defrees, Sharon Defrees, Dallas Hall, and Lyle Defrees.

BY JULIE NOLTA

This last November, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) named the Defrees Tree Farm of Oregon the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Continue reading

A Look at Oregon’s Record-Breaking Crop Years

BY JULIE NOLTA

The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently released an analysis of Oregon’s agricultural production from data gathered since the 1860s.

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OFFA Legislative Agenda: January 2017

TAX POLICY

Contained in Governor Brown’s proposed budget is a 20-30% tax rate increase on small business owners.  Continue reading

FFA Doubles Food Drive Haul

Future Farmers of America Food Drive

BY JULIE NOLTA

FFA Students collected more than 500,000 pounds of fresh food for the Oregon Food Bank — twice the amount brought in last year.  Continue reading

On the Lamb! – Reed Anderson

Reed Anderson

BY DAVE REINHARD

Brownsville’s Reed Anderson and His Family Supply the Nation’s Best Steakhouses with Premium Grass-fed Oregon Lamb.  It all started, naturally enough, at the dinner table.  Continue reading

Farmers Win Against Gypsy Moth, Next Up Japanese Beetle

Matt Cyrus, President, Oregon Family Farm Association.

Matt Cyrus, President, Oregon Family Farm Association.

After a massive eradication project last spring, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is happy to report no detections of the Asian gypsy moth in more than 19,000 traps statewide. Continue reading