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Ruling: Horse can’t sue owner

A horse can’t talk, despite Hollywood’s best attempts to make it seem so, and it can’t file a lawsuit against its owner, either, according to an Oregon judge.

Animal rights activist lawyers filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the owner of Justice, an 8-year-old lice-infested horse found in March 2017 with frostbitten genitals, weighing 300 pounds less than it should, according to Aimee Green’s Sept. 17 article in The Oregonian. Its owner, Gwendolyn Vercher of Cornelius, paid $3,700 in restitution after her conviction for first-degree animal neglect. Continue reading

Vertical Farming Struggling to Take Hold

Vertical Farming

WORDS: MITCH LIES

With a degree in engineering and a farm background, the idea of starting a vertical farm had a strong appeal for Daniel Christensen.  Making money on the concept, however, proved difficult.  Continue reading

Clues to Complex Co-op Accounting

WORDS : ERIC FRUITS , PH.D.
Eric Fruits, Ph.D. is chief economist and president at Economics International Corp. and an adjunct professor at Portland State University.

PATRONAGE INCOME

Sales and business with the co-op’s own members. Often the most significant source of income for an agricultural cooperative. Continue reading

Agriculture History: Frenchglen Land Feud

BY TIM LYMAN

Nothing about the quiet little town of Frenchglen, in southeastern Oregon, would lead you to believe that it was ever part of the Wild West, but in the 1890s, it was the center of a bitter land feud between cattlemen and homesteaders. Continue reading

Northwest Hazelnut Leads the Way to Greener Markets

BY MATTHEW EVANS

This August, the world’s first 100 percent solar hazelnut processing plant went live at Northwest Hazelnut Company (NWH).  Continue reading

Oregon Family Farm Association Legislative Review 2017

 

OFFA Lobbyists, Richard Kosesan and George Okulitch

OFFA Lobbyists, Richard Kosesan and George Okulitch

BY RICHARD KOSESAN

Oregon’s 2017 Legislative Session convened on February 1, and came to a close on July 7, 2017, just three days ahead of the Constitutional deadline. Continue reading

Top-ranked Bull Rider Justin Houston: Inspiring the Next Generation

Bull Rider Justin Houston

BY NAOMI INMAN

On a warm summer day in 2003, John Houston set four-year-old Justin Houston astride a small red calf. Little legs, barely the diameter of a baseball bat, clung to the bovine frame. Continue reading

Northeastern Oregon Russian Thistle Resistant to Glyphosate Herbicide

Weed Specialist Judit Barroso Removing Tumbleweed

Weed Specialist Judit Barroso Removing Tumbleweed

BY JULIE NOLTA

Researchers at Oregon State University have some unfortunate news for northeastern Oregon farmers — in that area of the state, the Russian thistle has developed a resistance to glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. Continue reading

Tillamook County Creamery Association Donates $1.5 Million for OSU Research Facility

Modern labs and classrooms will allow for educational experiences and research projects for both student training and industry collaborations.

BY JULIE NOLTA

Early this year, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) announced its plans to donate $1.5 million towards the construction of a new dairy pilot plant at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Continue reading

A Powerful Voice for Rural Oregon – Mike McLane

Oregon State Representative Mike Mclane

BY NAOMI INMAN

Meet representative Mike McLane: Lawyer, legislator, publisher, Air national guard jag, and Champion of the Oregon farmer. Continue reading

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