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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.

Trustee to take over management of troubled dairies

- Greg te Velde will lose control of his three dairies, including Lost Valley Farm in Oregon, after a bankruptcy judge ruled he will appoint a trustee for the operations.

Groups sue to stop logging project near Mount Hood

- Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service to stop a timber sale in the Mount Hood National Forest that includes nearly 4,000 acres of commercial logging in old growth forests.

Oregon FFA Foundation seeks new director

- Kevin White has stepped down as executive director of the Oregon FFA Foundation.

Oregon seeks to become U.S. mass timber hub

- Innovative new uses for the state’s timber resources include construction of high-rise buildings.

Finding common ground on Oregon wolf plan proves difficult

- Representatives of nine organizations met in The Dalles, Ore., for a mediated discussion on the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, which is three years past due for an update.

USDA approves emergency grazing, cover crops in north-central Oregon

- USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced relief for farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires that burned earlier this summer in Wasco and Sherman counties.

Finding common ground on Oregon wolf plan proves difficult

- Representatives of nine organizations met in The Dalles, Ore., for a mediated discussion on the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, which is three years past due for an update.

Wolf pups spotted near Mount Hood

- Wolves have reproduced in Oregon’s northern Cascade Mountains for the first time since the species returned in the late 1990s.

Drought lingers across Northwest

- The Pacific Northwest remains mired in drought that has led to massive wildfires, low stream flows and smoky skies affecting air quality.

ODFW reissues wolf kill permit in Wallowa County

- The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has reissued a permit for RL Cattle Company of Enterprise to shoot one wolf in the Chesnimnus Unit after experiencing four livestock depredations since June.

OSU research combats squash-killing fungi

- Researchers at Oregon State University are studying a complex of soil-borne diseases that is killing winter squash in the Willamette Valley.

Oregon governor, senator pay visit to Organic Valley creamery

- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley met with organic dairy farmers Friday at the Organic Valley creamery in McMinnville.

Western Innovator: Harvester a boost for broccoli

- Ron Pearmine, of Pearmine Farms in Gervais, Ore., has created a mechanical harvester for broccoli that he hopes will increase acreage, while reducing labor and production costs.

USDA predicts record hazelnut crop

- Oregon hazelnut growers can expect to harvest a record hazelnut crop in 2018, according to the latest production forecast from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Monrovia shows new plants at 2018 expo

- Monrovia is hosting its fourth annual Handcrafted Expo at the company’s Dayton, Ore. nursery, while the Oregon nursery industry as a whole posted its second-best sales year on record in 2017.

USDA announces new strategy to improve forest conditions

- USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced a new strategy for improving forest conditions to combat increasingly large wildfires.

Forest Service announces new Pacific Northwest regional forester

- Glenn Casamassa, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, has been appointed the Northwest regional forester in Portland.

OSU field day highlights mechanical cultivation tools

- The Oregon State University Small Farms Program hosted the first mechanical cultivation field day Thursday at the university’s vegetable research farm in Corvallis.

Oregon co-op launches first optical sorting line for pears

- Diamond Fruit Growers, of Hood River, Ore., has invested in the first ever optical sorting line designed specifically for pears.

OSU names new dean for College of Ag

- Alan Sams has been named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.

Irrigation districts partner on strategic vision for Deschutes Basin

- The Deschutes Basin Board of Control and nonprofit Coalition for the Deschutes have jointly developed and signed a memorandum that outlines a shared vision for the Upper Deschutes River.

PNW wheat to fight hunger in Yemen

- The U.S. Agency for International Development has purchased 200,000 tons of Northwest wheat that will be sent to Yemen, where citizens are facing the largest food security emergency in the world.

Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision enters home stretch

- A final draft of the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision calls for increased timber harvest and restoration across the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests in northeast Oregon.

Groups sue ODFW over marbled murrelet protections

- Five environmental groups are suing the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for not reclassifying the marbled murrelet as a state endangered species.

Rep. Walden joins call for Oregon wildfire aid

- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting federal aid for farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires burning across the state.

Court rules sale of Elliott State Forest parcel illegal

- The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled the sale of the East Hakki Ridge tract in the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company was illegal.

Financial aid available for post-fire rehab

- Farmers and ranchers affected by the Substation, Boxcar and Jack Knife fires are eligible for financial assistance through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Governor, senators seek fire aid for Oregon farmers

- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley want to use a portion of the $12 billion USDA tariff relief package to assist local farmers affected by wildfires.

Saturated steam an organic weed killer

- Researches at Oregon State University are looking at saturated steam as an option for organic berry farmers to control weeds.

Wolves kill another calf in NE Oregon

- The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed another wolf attack on livestock in Wallowa County, within in the area of known wolf activity for the Harl Butte pack.

Judge denies preliminary injunction in Klamath Tribes suit

- District Judge William Orrick has denied a preliminary injunction sought by the Klamath Tribes to hold more water in Upper Klamath Lake for endangered shortnose and Lost River suckers.

USDA commits $12B for farmers, ranchers affected by tariffs

- Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced three new programs Tuesday to assist farmers and ranchers affected by the Trump administration’s trade war with China and other partners.

Oregon farmers harvest grass seed amid strong market

- Grass seed harvest is underway in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and markets for turf-type tall fescue are especially strong due to short supply and new varieties displacing perennial ryegrass.