Christmas tree farmers have been cleared to use helicopters for harvest near Salem, Ore., despite airspace restrictions during low visibility conditions, though shipment disruptions remain a concern.
Attendance grew 10 percent, to 6,000 visitors, at the Oregon nursery industry's annual Farwest Show.
Nurseries should resist the temptation to overwhelm consumers with plant information, participants were told at the recent Farwest Show.
Washington State Department of Agriculture's summer search for gypsy moths will be confined to west of the Cascades.
College students from Norway travel to the U.S. to see how forestry and Christmas tree industries operate.
Negligent nurseries could have their shipping permits revoked by farm regulators under a bill passed by the Oregon Senate.
Legislation would give Oregon farm regulators the power to revoke nursery shipping permits.
Oregon's nurseries and forests share a common enemy, an invasive species specialist says.
Nurseries are increasingly recruiting predatory insects for biocontrol of pests due to public wariness of insecticides, increased regulatory scrutiny and the decreasing efficacy of some chemicals.
Large increases in the minimum wage for agricultural foreign guestworkers are not expected to slow their usage much in the West or Southeast.
The next few months could be key on the immigration issue in Washington, D.C., farm labor leaders say. They have mixed opinions on whether Congress and the president will reach a deal.