Eric Mortenson

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ODFW shoots third Harl Butte wolf for livestock attacks

- Ranchers have asked that the entire pack be wiped out, but ODFW is taking what it calls an incremental approach.

Oregon ag operations move to gain ‘B Corp’ certification

- Certification means businesses have pledged to treat workers fairly and to be mindful of their impact on the environment and their communities.

‘It’s been a good run:’ OSU ag dean looks to retirement

- Dan Arp counts collaboration as one of the hallmarks of his time at Oregon State University.

Traps set west of Portland overflow with Japanese beetles

- Oregon ag department officials believe an eradication project will have a greater effect next year.

Federal study of food systems includes chapter from an OSU professor

- The book maintains that regional food systems can not only provide processing jobs but can improve access to healthy food.

ODFW kills 2 wolves for repeated attacks on cattle

- Ranchers say the Harl Butte Pack regularly attacks livestock, and had asked ODFW to kill the entire pack.

Oregon growers checking for heat damage to grapes, berries

- Some plants shut down during lengthy hot spells, and may be slow to recover.

ODFW approves killing two Harl Butte pack wolves

- The pack has been attacking cattle in Northeast Oregon for the past year, and ranchers hazed them away from livestock seven times in June and July, the wildlife department said.

Blumenauer offers alternative to farm bill

- The Oregon congressman said too much USDA money supports the wrong people who are growing the wrong food in the wrong place.

Nursery owner picked for American Farm Bureau’s advocacy training

- Angi Bailey says the training helps farmers tell their stories to consumers, lawmakers and to the media.

Western Innovator: Hydrologist takes a world view of water

- Nations don’t go to war over water, Eric Sproles says, but control of it leverages internal political instability and conflict with neighbors.

Rancher asks ODFW to kill wolves after latest attack

- The Harl Butte pack in Wallowa County has attacked calves six times in the past year.

Ambassador talks up Pacific trade, wine, climate change

- Official from New Zealand says U.S. welcome to find another mechanism to engage Pacific rim in t rade.

Aug. 21 total solar eclipse already causing havoc

- Hotel and motel rooms in the path of the eclipse have been full for a couple years, but you and 30 to 40 others can rent a farm and stay in an RV for $35,000.

McMinnville creamery set to reopen as organic facility

- The Oregon creamery was sold to Organic Valley last fall, and underwent renovation.

ODFW confirms wolf attack on calf in Wallowa County

- One of the calf’s bite wounds was 4 inches long and 3 inches wide.

Reward offered in shooting of Oregon bald eagle

- The bird is being cared for at an Audubon rehabilitation center in Portland.

Willamette Valley vineyards fund health care van for workers

- As the nation continues to wrestle with critical healthcare decisions, Oregon’s wine industry has quietly stepped up to help its workers.

Hazelnut group picks Oregon Aglink’s Horning as CEO

- Horning takes over as the hazelnut industry continues rapid growth in Oregon and faces expansion challenges.

Port’s expansion proposal would plant industry on ag land

- An Oregon county takes on a familiar issue — conversion of farmland to other uses.

Oregon State’s dry farming project hosts field days in August

- Growing vegetables with little or no irrigation attractive to small farmers who lack water rights.

Noted wine climatologist will head program at Oregon’s Linfield College

- Greg Jones is an international figure among wine enthusiasts, and plans to expand the private college’s place in the industry.

Researchers refine diagnostic tool to quickly identify plant pathogen

- Crown gall disease causes unsightly, potentially lethal tumors on valuable plants.

At a Portland farmers’ market, a young entrepreneur makes his mark

- Cole Laube has a simple theory about berries: The bigger, the better.

Chinese trade mission gets a taste of the Northwest

- As the buying power of China’s middle class expands, consumers are seeking the kind of healthy and high quality food and drink produced in the Pacific Northwest.

County, Azure Farms reach agreement on weed control

- The issue riled up a rural Oregon county and brought it unwanted attention on social media.

Oregon company sees bright future in tall wooden buildings

- Freres Lumber is building a new plant to make mass plywood panels.

Ranchers fume as ‘Rainbow Family’ set to camp on federal land in Oregon

- Allowing thousands of make-shift campers on sensitive habitat doesn’t sit well with ranchers who must follow strict grazing rules.