On his first day in office, President Joe Biden told Congress he was ready to make immigration reform a top priority. How would it impact agricultural workers?
The Oregon Association of Nurseries announced Monday it will postpone its upcoming Nursery Guide LIVE virtual marketplace due to widespread power outages and winter storm damage.
The winter storms that tore through the Pacific Northwest with ice and snow over the weekend are posing challenges for the nursery and greenhouse industry.
American flower growers and wholesalers are racing to keep up with demand in the lead-up to Valentine's Day on Sunday.
The Capital Press asked several farmers and ranchers to imagine they were sitting across a table from Biden. What would they tell the new president, if given that chance?
In 2018, Adapt8 received a $50,000 economic development grant from Marion County to build the test greenhouse. Construction finished in December, and Moore said they are now searching for a pa…
President Joe Biden plans to introduce a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration.
Oregon Association of Nurseries, which represents nearly 700 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers statewide, announced Wednesday it will host a virtual marketplace event in …
In the aftermath of massive fires, S. Oregon faces a human, and economic, tragedy
The isolation and stress of the coronavirus pandemic likely boosted the appeal of Christmas trees, with an industry-commissioned survey finding that 39% of consumers were more likely to buy a …
Oregon farm regulators are moving forward with a final rule to phase out most uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos by the end of 2023.
Poinsettias and other decorative holiday plants are selling well this year at nurseries across the West.
Although COVID-19 has heavily impacted the floral industry, where large producers outside the country have no market, it has given local florists a chance to shine.
More and more people understand organic farming and seek out flowers and other crops grown with organic practices.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to tighten safeguards against pests that attack grapevines, though the rules largely will depend on vineyards and nurseries policing themselves.
The decision removed long-standing 6.8% duties on imports of cut roses from Ecuador, which domestic growers say had shielded them from large volumes of low-priced Ecuadorian imports.
In a new study, researchers experimented with a sustainable, plastic-free type of mulch: soybean-oil coated sand.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is on the lookout for the invasive spotted lanternfly after a single specimen was identified for the first time at a retail nursery in Corvallis.
The vast majority of consumers — 92% — expects the pandemic will change this year’s Christmas celebrations, according to a survey commissioned by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
Estimates from ODA show greenhouse and nursery products brought in $955.1 million last year, compared to $995.9 million in 2018.
From the tragedy has emerged a special sort of person — a Hero. This is a person or organization that went the extra mile to help a neighbor, friend — or total stranger. We want to honor these…
Before the war, two-thirds of West Coast Japanese-Americans worked in agriculture or related sectors. In the camps, many continued to farm and garden. And postwar, though most survivors had lo…
Plants convert light into energy through photosynthesis. But there is much more to light than meets the eye.
Gov. Kate Brown announced a new source of financial assistance Aug. 1 for agricultural workers who need to self-quarantine during COVID-19.
Oregon will begin limiting uses of chlorpyrifos in November and gradually phase out most applications by 2024 under a proposed rule filed by the state Department of Agriculture.
Terry Harchenko, 65, of Salem, was killed July 17 in a helicopter crash near Mehama, Ore. while spraying Christmas trees.
Because of COVID-19, poinsettia growers say they are facing an uncertain market this year. Some nurseries are maintaining production levels, many are downsizing and others aren't growing poins…
The Farwest Show, the biggest nursery and green industry wholesale show in the West, is canceled because of COVID-19.
Many industry leaders have expressed excitement about how the relief package will help agribusinesses. But some say CFAP's structure is flawed and excludes thousands of farmers and ranchers in crisis.
A portion of Oregon's federal COVID-19 relief may go toward reimbursing farms to comply with more stringent worker protections heading into the busy summer harvest season.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Harvust, smart phone and computer software designed to help farms with their human resource needs, allows users to effectively manage field workers in light of state and f…
The USDA has announced $19 billion in federal aid that will be distributed this spring to help farms and ranches across the U.S. survive the plunging prices caused by the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Experts say farms and agribusinesses missed out on most of the funding for several reasons.
The COVID-19 pandemic has slammed the nation's nursery industry, but industry leaders say a new tool could be "a game-changer" to help businesses navigate the crisis.
Moss Greenhouses is offering help to parents and students who have been thrust into home-schooling because of COVID-19 closures.
Oregon OSHA is considering a petition that would require farms to increase field sanitation and housing protections for agricultural workers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The nursery industry, hit hard by the pandemic, offers drive-thrus and deliveries in an effort to make up lost ground
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Across the U.S., gardening is booming as people anxious about food shortages are eager to grow their own vegetables during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the Northwest, the pandemic is threatening to exacerbate an already critical labor shortage for farms and food processors.
Behind the flurry of treats and blooms, there are human stories: of drug cartels, hail storms, border agents and beet seed breeders.
After 20 years at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Gary McAnich has announced he will retire from his position as the agency's nursery, Christmas tree and industrial hemp program manager.
In retrospect, the inefficiencies at Peoria Gardens near Corvallis, Ore., were hiding in plain sight.
Tight supplies are once again challenging Christmas tree vendors as the industry continues to recover from a massive glut of cheap trees in the mid-2000s that caused wholesale prices to crash,…
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released prevailing wage survey results likely to increase the minimum wage for H-2A workers by 5.3% in Washington and Oregon next year and by a…
A bill seeking to ensure a legal and sufficient agricultural workforce passed the House Judiciary Committee, 18-12, with Republicans citing shortcomings.
A bill seeking to legalize domestic farm laborers and improve the H-2A-visa foreign agricultural guestworker program received renewed support and opposition before its U.S. House Judiciary Com…
Cascade Mountain water reservoirs serving the Yakima Basin are refilling but still below average after a moderate summer drought that caused some crop losses. Winter snowpack outlook is uncertain.
With a predicted rise and decline of Cosmic Crisp apple tree plantings, Central Washington tree fruit nurseries say tree orders are slowing. Meanwhile, the nurseries are experiencing good weat…
A record 257,667 H-2A-visa agricultural foreign guestworker positions were certified by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2019, but the rate of growth slowed to 6.1% after five years of more than 18%.
A new farm labor bill appears to have widespread support on first blush, but the depth and extent of that support is questionable as organizatons say it doesn’t do enough to control labor and …
Hundreds of agricultural groups and United Farm Workers of America are backing a new bipartisan bill seeking to ensure farmers with a legal, adequate and affordable workforce.
Leader of Zamzows chain finds the answers in soil health
Along with growing hanging baskets and carrying unusual plants, Nature Nursery and Market in Burley, Idaho, cultivates entertaining community events year-round to thank customers for their support.
Chemeketa Community College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the college's new agriculture complex on June 11 at the Salem campus.
Fire destroyed a building housing vehicles, chemicals and equipment at a nursery in Canby, Ore., causing an estimated $450,000 in damage.