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Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
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Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
Ornamental plant breeder Ryan Contreras wants to restore the popularity of nursery cultivars that have fallen out of favor.

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Western Innovator: A passion for exotic plants
Western Innovator: A passion for exotic plants
Nurseryman Jim Gilbert specializes in growing and selling rare cultivars of nursery stock that yield edible fruit.
Traps catch destructive female leaf-eating moths
State officials have collected actively reproducing female gypsy moths for the first time in four decades
Traps set west of Portland overflow with Japanese beetles
Traps set west of Portland overflow with Japanese beetles
Oregon ag department officials believe an eradication project will have a greater effect next year.
Nursery owner picked for American Farm Bureau’s advocacy training
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.
Researchers refine diagnostic tool to quickly identify plant pathogen
Researchers refine diagnostic tool to quickly identify plant pathogen
Crown gall disease causes unsightly, potentially lethal tumors on valuable plants.
Colorado Company converts shredded trees to carbon product
Biochar Now products have won the acclaim of producers of specialty crops such as berries, vegetables, grapes and citrus.
Western Innovator: Helping Western landscapes go native
Western Innovator: Helping Western landscapes go native
A University of Idaho researcher’s love of native plants and recognition that water is a limited resource in the West has led to the domestication of native ornamental species for residential landscapes.
Washington on alert for Japanese beetles after Oregon outbreak
Washington on alert for Japanese beetles after Oregon outbreak
WSDA steps up search for Japanese beetles, while ODA wraps up year one of eradication campaign
Nebraska geothermal greenhouse produces heat all year long
Alliance resident Russ Finch has created greenhouses that run on geothermal heat
Labor pains: Finding enough workers worries growers, packers
Labor pains: Finding enough workers worries growers, packers
Growers are more reluctant to talk about labor fearing they’ll attract U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. Some have enough workers or think they will. Others are short and a shortage in California is already resulting in cherries not...

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