Passing Down The Farm Receives New Emphasis

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for older farmers to hand over their operations or keep them in the family. It’s as challenging as ever for younger would-be farm operators to gain access to the land. The graying of Oregon’s farmers and ranchers is an issue receiving a closer look this fall following a new report examining…

Things Are Hopping for Oregon Dept of Ag. Inspectors

While you quietly sip a beer this month, it’s more than likely that Judy Parent and Erin Harding are painstakingly picking out leaves and stems from the Oregon hops that might be an ingredient of that brew. The two women aren’t necessarily cleaning up the hops but, in fact, inspecting samples of this year’s harvest…

Michelle McGrath Takes the Lead at Cider Association

USACM Hires Executive Director Michelle McGrath takes the lead at Cider Association The United States Association of Cider Makers announces Michelle McGrath as Executive Director.   “This is an exciting time to be a member of the cider community. The industry as a whole is growing and diversifying rapidly. Cider is available in more and…

Taste Washington Announces 2016 Dates — March 31-April 3

Taste Washington Announces 2016 Dates Tickets to the nation’s largest single region wine and food event go on sale December 8   Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine invite wine lovers to mark their calendars; Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, will take place March 31- April 3, 2016, at various…

Oregon Wine Symposium to Feature Session on Wine Business

The Oregon Wine Board will host the 2016 Oregon Wine Symposium on Feb. 23-24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The Symposium is expected to gather 1,400 attendees from across the Northwest wine community. Attendees will have an expansive educational opportunity to learn from world renowned wine industry experts covering topics from business and…

Greenwood Resources Earns Forest Stewardship Award

GreenWood Resources, Inc., a Portland-based global investment and timber management company, has received a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award, which recognizes excellence in the use of FSC-certified products and a commitment to responsible forest management.   Thirteen companies from across the country earned awards from FSC, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound,…

Ardent Mills to Help Farmers Double U.S. Organic Wheat Acres by 2019

Anticipating ongoing strong Demand for Organic Grain-based Products, Ardent Mills Takes Bold Action   Leading the way to meet growing customer and consumer demand, Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, is announcing a new organic initiative committed to helping U.S. wheat growers double organic wheat acres by 2019.   “Ardent Mills’ vision is…

Protecting Ag Land Important as Oregon Hits 4 Million Mark

Oregon’s population now tops 4 million people. Whether the continued population increase negatively impacts agriculture remains to be seen, but the state’s land use protections are more important than ever, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.   “Two must-haves for Oregon agriculture are land and water,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “As…

Up Up! Farm Film Festival: Stewardship of Land

Gorge Grown Food Network & the Rockford Grange present Up Up! Farm Film Festival January 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rockrod Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive. A series of independent films & shorts that explore the questions of farmland, access, rural livelihoods and sustainability of people and place. A local, farmer made soup is served…

ODA Gets More Strategic With Agricultural Water Quality

After testing out a new, strategic approach to improving water quality in targeted watersheds of Wasco and Clackamas counties, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is ready to expand the effort to seven new areas around the state, each receiving direct outreach and education as part of the plan to address priority water quality concerns. If…

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

As of July 24, 2015, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has signed on to a lawsuit through Pacific Legal Foundation against the Environmental Protection Agency and their Waters of the United States rule. Waters of the United States, WOTUS, is a rule proposed by EPA and Army Corps of Engineers that, because of its broad language,…

USDA Hears from Oregon Women in Agriculture

About one of every five principal operators of Oregon farms and ranches are female. While that may not seem like a high percentage, it is ten times the percentage found in Georgia. The comparison made quite an impression on the US Department of Agriculture’s number two ranking official who stopped in Oregon this week to…

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