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Hazelnut yields fall short of expectations

- After the USDA predicted a record hazelnut crop in 2018, yields are coming in short of expectations, according to Oregon processors.

Dairy, berry producers scream for ice cream

- Oregon State University hosted its first Ice Cream Science, Technology and Supply class Nov. 6-7 at the Food Innovation Center in Portland, with support from dairy producers and berry growers.

Oregon ranchers volunteer to test new wolf deterrence strategy

- Ranchers Cynthia Warnock and Rodger Huffman have agreed to test a new proposal for deterring wolf attacks on livestock in Eastern Oregon, where most of the state’s wolf population resides.

Study shows crops, forage may benefit from solar panel shade

- An accidental discovery at Oregon State University may reveal how solar panels can help grow healthier crops on dryland farms.

LUBA hears arguments in Port Westward expansion

- The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals will issue a written ruling Nov. 29 on a proposed rezone of high-value farmland for industrial use near Clatskanie in Columbia County.

Running the farm, running for office

- Several candidates running for the Oregon Legislature must strike a balance between farm life and the campaign trail.

NRCS snowpack maps will hang around through winter

- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will continue to generate daily snowpack maps across the West for at least one more winter while staff troubleshoots technical concerns from a planned software update.

OWEB awards grants for sage grouse conservation

- The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board awarded nearly $420,000 over four grants to protect sage grouse habitat in Eastern Oregon.

National FFA Officer team includes two reps from the West

- Shea Booster, of Bend, Ore., was elected western region vice president on the 2018-19 National FFA Officer team.

Oregon farms, ranches land federal renewable energy grants

- Nine Oregon farms, ranches and small businesses have received funding from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program to build small-scale renewable energy projects including solar power and hydroelectricity.

Western Innovator: Chris Schreiner leads organic certification nonprofit

- Chris Schreiner, executive director of Oregon Tilth, has overseen significant growth in the organic food sector over the last 20 years.

Willamette Valley winemakers help S. Oregon vineyards

- Willamette Valley winemakers have purchased 140 tons of grapes from Southern Oregon that were rejected by a Napa Valley winery over concerns about smoke taint caused by wildfires.

Oregon ‘cottage food’ law showing benefits

- Five years after it went into effect, the Oregon Farm Direct Marketing Law is working as advocates hoped it would, according to a study published by Oregon State University researchers.

Northwest farmers, ranchers endure intense 2018 fire season

- The 2018 wildfire season had a severe impact on Northwestern agriculture, from burned crops and rangeland to health hazards from smoke.

Driver dies in E. Oregon cattle truck crash

- A semi-trailer truck hauling cattle crashed Tuesday on Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon, killing the driver and five cows.

Water infrastructure bill includes provisions for Klamath Project

- The America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 includes several key provisions for farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin.

California winery works with investigators on label controversy

- Federal investigators have already checked records at winery, owner says.

Oregon to craft new proposal for managing wolves

- Ranchers and conservation groups indicated they may have common ground on a new framework for managing wolf-livestock conflicts proposed Tuesday during a stakeholder meeting in Salem.

Study shows fungicides effectively limit hazelnut disease

- Without fungicides, mature hazelnut orchards in Oregon may have perished due to Eastern Filbert Blight years ago, according to a study published by Oregon State University.

REAL Oregon announces its second class

- The Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program, or REAL Oregon, has announced its second class of participants.

Former water district employee sentenced for embezzlement

- Patricia Gilbert, a former employee of the Santiam Water Control District in Stayton, Ore., was sentenced to 24 months in prison for embezzling nearly $24,000.

Napa Valley winery rejects 2,000 tons of S. Oregon wine grapes

- Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, of California, has canceled contracts to buy at least 2,000 tons of wine grapes from Southern Oregon growers due to smoke taint from this year’s wildfires.

Governor, senators request additional relief for Oregon ranchers

- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley sent a letter Wednesday to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue asking to extend emergency CRP grazing for ranchers affected by wildfires in Wasco, Sherman, Wheeler an...

Wolves kill guard dog at SW Oregon ranch

- Wolves from the Rogue pack are responsible for killing a guard dog at the Mill-Mar Ranch in southwest Oregon.

U.S.-Japan trade talks spark optimism in farm country

- The U.S. and Japan will begin negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement, drawing support and optimism from several agricultural industry groups.

Oregon winemakers worry about misleading labels from out-of-state producer

- The Oregon wine industry is growing concerned about out-of-state producers making false or misleading statements on their labels to market their Oregon wines.

World Forestry Center names new director

- Joe Furia has taken over as executive director at the nonprofit World Forestry Center in Portland.

Oregon wine industry continues to grow

- The 2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report was released Sept. 19, showing overall increases in sales, revenue and production.

Rangeland association calls for partnership with Forest Service

- The High Desert Rangeland Fire Protection Association in south-central Oregon is calling for an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to collaborate on fighting fires.

Funding available to curb sudden oak death in SW Oregon

- Funding is available through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for landowners to remove infected trees.

Heat, smoke not expected to diminish Oregon potato harvest

- Potato farmers across Oregon are expecting solid yields and quality, despite intense heat and wildfire smoke during the growing season.