Eric Mortenson

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Wolves wipe out chickens, geese at NE Oregon residence

- ODFW says Shamrock Pack was responsible for Wallowa County attack.

Idaho honey production increased in 2016, but neighboring states dropped a bit

- Beekeepers battle colony collapse, pests and weather to produce honey and pollinate crops.

Cyanide traps that killed Northwest wolf and a dog come under scrutiny

- It’s unclear if the review will change the way USDA Wildlife Services uses cyanide predator traps.

NRCS funding available to improve stream quality, reduce pollution

- The conservation program is centered in Washington County, which retains a strong agricultural presence despite its high tech reputation.

Willamette Valley vineyards building facilities to make white, sparkling wines

- Oregon’s Willamette Valley is best known for Pinot noir wines, but vineyards see increased opportunity in branching out.

High pesticide level prompts pot recall

- Like other agricultural products, cannabis is subject to pesticide testing, but the regulatory structure is a work in progress.

Producers transitioning to organic say they need help to succeed

- Oregon State and Oregon Tilth set out to identify what’s keeping organic production from matching demand.

Glyphosate-resistant tumbleweed poses problem for farmers

- If wheat producers can’t spray for weeds, they may return to tillage as a control method. A direct-seeding advocacy group hopes they don’t.

Wildlife Services says it’s working to avoid future wolf harm

- Activists are harshly critical of the M-44 cyanide devices, which they say are extremely dangerous and kill indiscriminately.

Table grape options under study in Willamette Valley

- Oregon is known for its wine grapes, but research at Oregon State University showed table grapes might have a place as well.

OSU small farms survey asks producers what they want to learn

- The program, part of OSU Extension, is intended to help small farmers solve basic problems and find a market niche.

Stories from OSU professors help children explore nature

- A series of children’s books produced by OSU serve as an introduction to the science of fire and forest, with coast and city to follow.

Oregon wolf management plan moves into new phase

- As wolf population rises, conservationists worry Oregon will allow more wolves to be killed.

NE Oregon wolf poisoned by a trap set to kill coyotes

- ODFW believed it had agreement from USDA Wildlife Services not to use a cyanide powder trap in areas frequented by wolves.

Marijuana growers consider themselves farmers

- The cannabis industry is taking root in Oregon, even as Trump administration considers enforcing federal laws barring cultivation and sales.

ICE operation appears routine, but raises fears

- In a bitter political atmosphere, what might be a routine apprehension of people who are in the country illegally takes on heavier meaning.

Calf killed by wolf in Southern Oregon

- Tracking collar data showed a male wolf designated OR-25 was at the kill site.

Decline expected in Oregon grass seed harvest acreage

- Oregon provides grass seed to a world market, but weather combined with pests such as slugs, geese and voles can take a toll.

Producers may get a break from ‘drought to deluge’ weather

- A noted Southern Oregon viticulture climatologist says we should be headed to more normal weather patterns this year.

Western Innovator: Community publisher joins fight against pest

- Virginia Bruce isn’t a farmer, but she’s become an important community connection as the Oregon Department of Agriculture informs the public about invasive Japanese beetles.

Organic farming finds itself at a crossroads

- Some organic purists still want to battle the “Empire,” but the market seems to be adjusting to the presence and influence of ‘Big Ag.’

Oregon wolf count, management plan update delayed

- Heavy snow that draped Oregon in January provided welcome relief from drought, but made it hard for wildlife biologists to conduct the state’s annual wolf count.

Oregon plans a five-year project to wipe out a Japanese beetle infestation

- The state ag department hopes for cooperation from homeowners in a 1,000-acre area, who will have to allow annual treatments for five years.

Rush to organic production accompanied by industry questions

- Organicology, held in Portland, attracts a range of organic producers and activists.

Oregon Nursery Hall of Fame adds six new members

- Oregon’s nursery industry is annually one of the state’s top agricultural pursuits, with sales of $895 million in 2015.

OSU president criticizes Trump’s temporary immigration order

- Scholars, researchers and students from around the world attend Oregon State University.

Tillamook pledges $1.5 million to OSU dairy facility

- The dairy plant will be part of a planned food and beverage center at Oregon State University.

‘Buck stops’ with ag employer when it comes to pesticide safety

- A pesticide expert speaking at the Northwest Agricultural Show explains how new EPA worker safety rules will play out for producers.

Oregon producers urged to pay attention, speak up

- The policy director for Oregonians for Food and Shelter gives a rundown of issues likely to surface in the Legislature and other concerns for farmers and ranchers.