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Eastern Oregon wheat harvest off to fiery start

- Hot and dry weather is elevating the risk of field and grass fires for farmers heading into wheat harvest in Eastern Oregon.

OSU receives grant to study mass timber

- Oregon State University will receive nearly $500,000 from the USDA to study the effects of moisture accumulation in mass timber buildings.

OSU Forestry dean dies following illness

- Thomas Maness, who served as dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University since 2012, died Thursday in Corvallis. He was 63.

Research station fights back against rose stem girdler

- Oregon State University hosted its annual Caneberry Field Day Wednesday at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, with talks including the emergence of rose stem girdler at the station.

Oregon company lands $50K county grant to build test greenhouse

- Adapt8, a company based in Salem, Ore., manufactures translucent plastic panels for greenhouses, has received a economic development grant from Marion County.

Nonprofit files plan to remove four Klamath dams

- The Klamath River Renewal Corporation has filed its “Definite Plan” with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to remove four hydroelectric dams on the lower Klamath River.

REAL Oregon seeking applications for next class

- REAL Oregon is seeking applications for its second class of agriculture and natural resource leadership training, which will begin in November.

Hermiston watermelon harvest ready to roll

- Hermiston watermelons are almost ready to harvest, and growers say they are excited about this year’s “exceptional” quality.

Agriculture secretary meets with Eastern Oregon farmers

- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue arrived Tuesday in Rufus, Ore., alongside Rep. Greg Walden to meet with local farmers.

Oregon OSHA adopts stricter rules for pesticide drift protection

- Oregon OSHA adopted rules Monday establishing “Application Exclusion Zones” under the federal Worker Protection Standard to shield farmworkers from drifting pesticides in fields and orchards.

Commission proposes rules for Agricultural Heritage Program

- The Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission is seeking $10 million in state funding to cover grants for farmland conservation, preservation and easements across the state.

House passes bill to cull predatory Columbia River sea lions

- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday expanding the authority for Northwest states and tribes to kill sea lions in the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.

Interim director named for Klamath Extension Center

- Brian Charlton has been named interim director at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Waste permit revoked for controversial Oregon dairy

- The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Quality have revoked the waste management permit for Lost Valley Farm.

Forest Service to reveal final draft of revised Blue Mountains plan

- The U.S. Forest Service is ready to unveil its final environmental impact statement for the much-anticipated Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, covering 5.5 million acres of public forests in Eastern Oregon.

Central Oregon wildfires keep ranchers on their toes

- A Central Oregon cattle rancher has lost his entire BLM range to wildfires in the area.

Klamath Project gets long-awaited 2018 operations plan

- The Bureau of Reclamation has released its 2018 operations and drought plans for the Klamath Project, serving 230,000 acres of irrigated farmland in southern Oregon and northern California.

Two more Oregon counties in drought

- Baker and Douglas counties are the latest to receive an emergency drought declaration from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Kill permit issued for NE Oregon wolf

- The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has issued a kill permit for one wolf in Wallowa County after three attacks in three days on livestock in a private pasture.

Congress considers new hope for hemp

- Congress may make versatile crop legal after decades in the shadow of marijuana.

Klamath water users argue tribes’ lawsuit filed in wrong court

- The Klamath Water Users Association, Sunnyside Irrigation District and California farmer Ben DuVal are seeking to have the Klamath Tribes’ lawsuit dismissed from a federal court in San Francisco, arguing it should be...

Water shortages expected in much of Oregon

- The NRCS is advising irrigators to plan accordingly for water shortages, especially in southern and southeastern Oregon where the snowpack was the lowest this season.

ODFW Commission reverses decision to ‘uplist’ marbled murrelet

- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday not to “uplist” the marbled murrelet as an endangered species, apparently reversing an earlier decision by the commission in February.

Timber Innovation Act gains backing in Senate

- A group of U.S. senators is backing the Timber Innovation Act, which will provide research and development for mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber.

‘Artificial fruit’ could control spotted wing drosophila

- About 40 growers attended the annual Strawberry Field Day at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research & Extension Center.

University lands USDA grant for renewable energy development

- Students and faculty will help agricultural producers become more energy efficient, conduct energy audits and consider renewable energy options.

Mental competence a key factor in estate planning, experts say

- The 22nd annual Sister Marilyn Schwab memorial lecture in Mt. Angel, Ore., featured a panel discussion on mental competency in estate planning and farm succession.

Drought declared in fourth Oregon county

- “Many longtime Lake County farmers and ranchers have commented that they have not seen water conditions this severe since 2015,” according to the county’s drought resolution.

Queener Farm Apple Club delivers diverse varieties, taste

- The Queener Farm Heirloom Apple Club offers members a chance to taste upwards of 80 different apple varieties grown at the 40-acre property.

Tensions run high as Klamath Project irrigators, tribes try to balance water

- Agriculture is a $557 million industry in the Klamath Basin, but without steady, reliable access to water, irrigators say it is impossible to run their farms and ranches.

Low levels of toxins in Detroit Lake not a threat to livestock

- A spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Agriculture says low levels of toxins in Detroit Lake caused by blue-green algae do not pose an immediate risk to livestock.

Senate committee passes $145.1B agriculture appropriations bill

- Sen. Jeff Merkley, who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, said the bill provides “significant resources for rural Americans and Oregonians.”

Sea lions continue to eat endangered fish

- Members of ODFW, the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and Rep. Kurt Schrader’s office met Tuesday at Willamette Falls to discuss the problem of sea lions gathering to eat endangered salmon and steelhead.

Governor declares drought in third Oregon county

- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency Thursday in Harney County.

Klamath Tribes sue to protect endangered suckers

- The tribes say they want to protect shortnose and Lost River suckers in Upper Klamath Lake.

Environmental groups challenge Oregon timber sale over voles

- Environmental groups are suing to stop a logging project in the Umpqua National Forest to protect a species of rodent called the red tree vole, which serves as prey for the threatened northern spotted owl.

Oregon AgLink auction and dinner moving to Salem

- Oregon Aglink has announced it will move its annual Denim and Diamonds auction and dinner from Portland to Salem.