Oregon’s Top Ag Commodities Enjoy a Strong Decade

While Oregon agriculture’s overall growth curve has slowed down in recent years, certain crops and livestock commodities have enjoyed a very healthy increase in production value over the past decade. In fact, only one commodity in the top 20 has recorded a decrease over the 10 year period and that drop is very small.  …

USDA Announces $40 Million Available to Help Ranchers Restore Sage Grouse Habitat

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $40 million to help ranchers and other partners in 11 western states restore and protect sagebrush habitat for greater sage-grouse on privately-owned land. This investment is part of USDA’s four-year, $211 million Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 through the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) partnership. The WLFW…

Protecting Ag Land Important as Oregon Hits 4 Million Mark

Oregon’s population now tops 4 million people. Whether the continued population increase negatively impacts agriculture remains to be seen, but the state’s land use protections are more important than ever, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.   “Two must-haves for Oregon agriculture are land and water,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “As…

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Cattle

By Debby Schoeningh (Eastern Oregon rancher and author of www.ranchwifeninja.com) There has been a lot of discussion about cattle and the impact the animals have on the environment the last few years. As the concept of global warming takes hold, livestock are increasingly being singled out for contributing to the greenhouse effect caused by increased…

ODA Traps Yield 14 Gypsy Moths in Oregon

After six straight years of single digit detections, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has trapped 14 gypsy moths this summer including two Asian gypsy moths in the Portland area. The results signal an increased concern of the threat posed by the plant-eating invasive species and has prompted an evaluation of next steps to deal with…

Agritourism Development Project Underway

The tourism industry has seen a strong growth in people wanting to know where their food comes from and having a desire for authentic rural experiences. Nature has provided Eastern Oregon with all of the ingredients needed to meet that demand. Businesses interested in developing and marketing culinary and agricultural tourism now have the opportunity…

Oregon Lawmakers: Get Hemp Pilot Project Ready for Next Season

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici asked the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon State University (OSU) to implement an industrial hemp pilot project in time for next year’s growing season, in a letter sent today.   Currently, American farmers are banned…

Cattle Overtakes Nursery as Oregon’s Top Ag Commodity

For the first time in 20 years, there’s a new leader among Oregon’s diverse agricultural commodities in terms of production value. Cattle and calves has regained the top spot with a record breaking year in 2014, overtaking greenhouse and nursery products. It was 1994 when greenhouse and nursery supplanted cattle and calves as number one….

USDA Hears from Oregon Women in Agriculture

About one of every five principal operators of Oregon farms and ranches are female. While that may not seem like a high percentage, it is ten times the percentage found in Georgia. The comparison made quite an impression on the US Department of Agriculture’s number two ranking official who stopped in Oregon this week to…

Pacific Ag Raises $7 Million from Advantage Capital

Agribusiness Partners Funding will enable company to expand biomass supply chain services across U.S. HERMISTON, Ore. (August 6, 2015) — Pacific Ag, the nation’s largest crop residue supply company, today announced $7 million investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners, LP (ACAP).   The growth capital will enable Pacific Ag to accelerate the expansion of its…