• Saturday, October 21, 2017

Agriculture Features

Keeping Cows Happy Since 1941

Keeping Cows Happy Since 1941

Howard and Gladys Gibson bought 120-acres and began Lochmead Farms in 1941 and since then, each generation has been part of this successful family business. Stephanie Gibson-Hawks, general manager of Lochmead Dairy, is a third-generation Gibson. Having grown up working ...

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Portland Pride in Traditional Cider

Portland Pride in Traditional Cider

You may recognize Abram Goldman-Armstrong from the iconic Portland Timbers (major league soccer) 2011 billboard campaign that featured fans of the team. In his fan feature, Abe is wearing a green, plaid flannel with a black vest mottled in Timbers ...

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Astoria: A Coastal Taste of Oregon

Astoria: A Coastal Taste of Oregon

If you want to experience the rich harvest of Oregon agriculture where the mighty Columbia River meets the wild Pacific Ocean, Astoria is the place to do it. Give yourself a weekend to sample what Astoria has to offer and ...

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Oregon’s Fruitful Trees

Oregon’s Fruitful Trees

By Matthew Ernst for Growing Oregon magazine Prized across the country and around the world, cherries and pears are two of Oregon’s top tree fruits. Nationwide, Oregon ranks third in sweet cherry and second in fresh pear production with 13,000 acres ...

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Oregon Berry Industry has a Sweet Harvest

Oregon Berry Industry has a Sweet Harvest

By John McBryde for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon’s Willamette Valley is considered a berry paradise by fruit buyers, with more than 50 varieties of premium, healthy and delicious berries cultivated for U.S. and global markets. Fertile, well-drained soil, favorably timed spring ...

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Oregon Farmers Strive to Bee Friendly

Oregon Farmers Strive to Bee Friendly

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine In 2001, Mike Omeg, a cherry grower from The Dalles, planted native plants near one of his orchards to attract beneficial insects to help suppress black cherry aphid. The response was better than ...

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National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week

Most people are familiar with honey bees. In fact, in Oregon we have roughly 500 species of bees that vary greatly in size shape, and behavior. We have managed bees such as honey bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and alkali ...

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Irrigation Innovation on Oregon Farms

Irrigation Innovation on Oregon Farms

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine First came the transition from overhead sprinkler irrigation to drip. Then the benefits started pouring in. By watering only where and when their hops plants need it, Gayle and Glenn Goschie, a brother-and-sister ...

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Growing Sustainability Methods

Growing Sustainability Methods

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine With Oregon’s environmentally friendly reputation, it’s not surprising that the state’s farmers are among the nation’s leading practitioners of sustainability. In many cases, sustainability is a central part of Oregon farms’ management plans. ...

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A Fresh Approach to Farmers Markets

A Fresh Approach to Farmers Markets

By Teree Caruthers for Growing Oregon magazine Farmers markets play a critical role in connecting farmers to consumers in Oregon. At one end of that connection, family farms find a place to share what they grow. At the other end, ...

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Oregon Offers International Bounty

Oregon Offers International Bounty

By Blair Thomas for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon agriculture is famous for its diversity. From grass seed that grows the turf of World Cup soccer fields to its U.S. leading Christmas tree, blackberry and hazelnut industries, Oregon produces a bountiful variety ...

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Oregon Seed Needs

Oregon Seed Needs

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine When moms tell kids to eat their carrots, odds are they are instructing them to eat an Oregon product. The state produces roughly 65 percent of the nation’s carrot seeds and 40 percent ...

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Wheat of the World in Oregon

Wheat of the World in Oregon

By Matthew Ernst for Growing Oregon magazine All flour is not created equal, which is why the special characteristics of Oregon wheat make it ideally suited for a wide variety of foods ranging from Asian noodles to Egyptian flatbread. The state’s ...

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Diverse Paths, Same Destination

Diverse Paths, Same Destination

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine At age 80, Eastern Oregon farmer Don Lieuallen isn’t driving the combine anymore. But he shows up every day to his family’s 2,400-acre century farm to balance the books, check crop management schedules and, ...

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Adelante Mujueres: Rise Up, Move Forward

Adelante Mujueres: Rise Up, Move Forward

By Brittany Stovall for Growing Oregon magazine For nearly 15 years, the Adelante Mujeres organization has been inspiring local Latina women and their families to become community leaders, helping strengthen the Latino presence in Oregon – including those in the ...

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The Big Cheese in Oregon

The Big Cheese in Oregon

By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine Cheddar. Pepper jack. Blue Cheese. Chevre. Queso Fresco. Pick a cheese, and it is made in Oregon. From large to artisan, Oregon cheese producers of all sizes are top notch in their craft. ...

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Fresh from the Fields of Oregon

Fresh from the Fields of Oregon

By Joanie Stiers for Growing Oregon magazine In Oregon, vegetables move quickly from field to freezer – locking in freshness and ripeness. Farms are located close to Willamette Valley-based vegetable processors so that fully ripened vegetables can be harvested and ...

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Home Turf from Oregon Grass Seed

Home Turf from Oregon Grass Seed

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine There’s a good chance the seed used to plant your lawn came from an Oregon grass seed field. The Beaver State produces roughly 90 percent of cool-season grass seed in the U.S., says ...

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Oregon Market is Going Local

Oregon Market is Going Local

By Brittany Stovall for Growing Oregon magazine In southeast Portland, a Latin American public market and kitchen spreads the aroma of locally grown and made smoked meats, pressed masa and fresh herbs and pulls you in. Brightly colored food carts ...

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Oregon Ag Exports Overseas

Oregon Ag Exports Overseas

Feature photo: Oregon pear promotion overseas. By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine One might say that Oregon seafood, pears and straw get around. From live crab in Hong Kong to pears in Saudi Arabia to straw and alfalfa in ...

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Vintage Oregon

Vintage Oregon

By Teree Caruthers for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon winemakers know the key to producing some of the country’s most flavorful wine is to let Mother Nature do most of the work. Oregon is home to nearly 500 wineries, and what ...

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What’s Cooking in Culinary Tourism

What’s Cooking in Culinary Tourism

Feature photo: The Country Cat owners, Adam & Jackie Sappington. By Teree Caruthers for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon’s abundant variety of foods create a feast of flavors for hungry tourists flocking to the state each year. Judiaann Woo, an Oregon ...

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Oregon Seafood is a Great Catch

Oregon Seafood is a Great Catch

  By Teree Caruthers for Growing Oregon magazine The clean, cool waters of Oregon provide seafood defined by its freshness and variety. “From albacore tuna to pink shrimp and everything in between – Chinook salmon, Dover sole, Dungeness crab and ...

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Oregon Milk Matters

Oregon Milk Matters

Feature photo: SarBen Farms owned and run by Steve & Susan Pierson and their children and Susan’s dad Marlin Rasmussen. By Betsy Williams for Growing Oregon magazine It all starts with the milk. The key is freshness, quality and the care ...

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Grown in Oregon, Adored Worldwide

Grown in Oregon, Adored Worldwide

Feature photo: Oregon Christmas trees, photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.  By Keri Ann Beazell for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon is the nation’s largest producer of shade and flowering trees as well as conifers. Innovation propels growth in ...

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Oregon Farmers are Feeding a Need

Oregon Farmers are Feeding a Need

Feature photo courtesy of the Oregon Food Bank. By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon farmers are doing their part to end the fight against hunger. Approximately 800,000 people in the state deal with hunger insecurity issues, or one ...

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Think Outside the Farm

Think Outside the Farm

  By Jessica Walker Boehm for Growing Oregon magazine From snacks to full meals, Oregon supplies thousands of Americans with their favorite fare. The state is a leader in the food processing industry, with several of its companies producing frozen ...

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Better Beef

Better Beef

Feature photo: Oregon beef cattle, photo courtesy of Country Natural Beef. By Keri Ann Beazell for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon ranchers know the difference between a good steak and a great steak: flavor. Oregon ranchers also know what consumers want ...

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Oregon Takes a Natural Approach

Oregon Takes a Natural Approach

Feature photo: Adam Buresh of Oregon’s Wild Harvest. By Keri Ann Beazell for Growing Oregon Magazine Oregon is a hotbed of naturopathic products and health supplements. A distinct, alternative approach to health, naturopathy focuses on a natural approach of healing the ...

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Oregon Potato Harvest

Oregon Potato Harvest

A century farm doesn’t just happen, there has to be a love for the land and a hard working family. Clyde Ward started farming in 1915 and the first several decades of his farming career was done with horses. He ...

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Dry Farming

Dry Farming

Oregon State University is known for its College of Agricultural Sciences. The school offers 25 Major and Minor options that include but are not limited to Botany, Animal Sciences, and even Fermentation Sciences for you beer lovers out there. The ...

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Oregon Farmers Strive to Bee Friendly

Oregon Farmers Strive to Bee Friendly

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon Magazine In 2001, Mike Omeg, a cherry grower from The Dalles, planted native plants near one of his orchards to attract beneficial insects to help suppress black cherry aphid. The response was better than he ...

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Irrigation Innovation on Oregon Farms

Irrigation Innovation on Oregon Farms

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon Magazine First came the transition from overhead sprinkler irrigation to drip. Then the benefits started pouring in. By watering only where and when their hops plants need it, Gayle and Glenn Goschie, a brother-and-sister ...

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Oregon Farms Growing the Next Generation

By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine Families own the majority of the nation’s farms, and when it’s time to pass on that legacy, a farmer usually looks to his children. When a young entrepreneur who doesn’t come from a family ...

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Christmas Trees

It’s a symbol of the season! Oregon ships holiday joy across the globe in the form of Christmas trees. With nearly 7 million trees sold and a production value of about $104 million in 2014. Oregon Christmas trees are found ...

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Dinner in Oregon

COA’s 30-minute special: Local families challenged to utilize Oregon’s bounty. The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s efforts to promote the quality, availability and variety of statewide food products will take to the airwaves this September with Dinner in Oregon, a 30-minute ...

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Honeybees

There’s a real buzz about honeybees in Oregon agriculture. In fact, 1 in 3 items we eat is directly related to the hard work honeybees put into pollinating. We take a look at how one local business is helping out ...

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Oregon Nurseries

The top crop in Oregon is actually something that finds it’s way into many of our yards and gardens! Oregon’s greenhouse and nursery products, from flowers to vegetable starts, is worth millions of dollars. Learn more here: Find retail nurseries ...

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