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Northwest Fruit Companies Dump Old Crop Apples

Capital Press | Aug. 31, 2017 2:06 p.m. | Wenatchee, Washington

Tree fruit companies are dumping some old crop apples on the ground, but probably not near the amounts they dumped two years ago.

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Oregon's Wine Industry Grew In 2016 Despite Drop In Production

Capital Press | Aug. 30, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Oregon's wine industry increased sales, planted more acres and opened more wineries in 2016, despite a drop in production.

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At Cowgirl Camp, Women Aim To Boost Role, Shift Thinking In Agriculture

Northwest News Network | Aug. 30, 2017 11:55 a.m. | Cheney, Washington

The number of ranchers in the U.S. is on the decline. There’s no recruiting for the gig and some of the generational ties to ranch land in the West have been severed.

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Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge | Vineyard Mobile Healthcare | 'Exceptional' Longevity

OPB | July 31, 2017 noon

EarthFix's Jes Burns fills us in on wildlife competing for water and resources in the Klamath basin. Then we learn about an effort to get health care to migrant workers. And an OSU researcher talks "exceptional" longevity.

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How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017 7 p.m. | Tulelake, California

While controversial, the common practice of farming on the Klamath wildlife refuges has resulted in an interesting new direction for agriculture across the basin. 

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Northwest Wheat Harvest Starts Up, Likely A 'Bin Buster'

Northwest News Network | July 6, 2017 4:40 p.m.

Monday marked the start of the Northwest's bin-busting wheat harvest. Last year was big, but this year's wet winter and spring has poured on the yields.

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Represented: Oregon-Idaho Border

OPB | June 14, 2017 noon

We travel to far Eastern Oregon, where for many businesses, it's hard not to think the grass is greener on the other side of the border ... in Idaho.

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"Swap Talk:" A Special Collaboration With KQED At 10 a.m.

OPB | May 12, 2017 10 a.m.

“Swap Talk” will air live on OPB and KQED at 10 a.m., providing a chance for Oregon public broadcasting listeners to talk to people in the Bay Area about how the new federal administration is impacting their world.

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Farmers Watch Fearfully As Trump Cracks Down On Immigration

AP | April 24, 2017 7:37 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

President Donald Trump's hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation's agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labor it needs to plant, grow and pick the crops that feed the country.

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Oregon Approves 2nd Mega-Dairy For Morrow County

East Oregonian | March 31, 2017 11:19 a.m.

State agencies have approved a second mega-dairy in Morrow County, which will add 30,000 cows on roughly 7,000 acres of the former Boardman Tree Farm.

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Southwest Oregon Pear, Grape Growers Welcome Wet Winter

Medford Mail Tribune | March 14, 2017 12:42 p.m.

Medford already has exceeded the annual average precipitation total with 21.04 inches since Oct. 1, when the water year began, and is 8.31 inches above the normal count for this time of year.

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Oregon, Idaho Onion Industry Rebuilds Following Winter Damage

Capital Press | March 11, 2017 3:22 p.m. | Nyssa, Oregon

The region’s vibrant onion industry is rushing to rebuild their storage and packing facilities after 4 feet of snow and ice crushed the buildings and destroyed the onions and equipment inside.

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Judge Orders More Water Releases From Klamath River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 8, 2017 3:38 p.m.

A ruling released Wednesday says additional water is needed on the Klamath River to flush out parasites causing deadly disease outbreaks in salmon.

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Oregon Sees Major Hazelnut Harvest Increase In 2016

Capital Press | Feb. 2, 2017 12:32 p.m.

Oregon saw a major upswing in hazelnut production in 2016, with growers harvesting 40 percent more nuts than the previous year.

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Opening Bell In Salem | Oregon Farmers & Immigration Changes | Sea Lion Control

OPB | Feb. 1, 2017 noon

Oregon state house reporters give us the lay of the land on this first day of the 2017 legislative session. We hear how Oregon farmers may be affected by changing immigration policy. And a new study offers a unique approach to managing sea lions.

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Klamath Farmers Look For Compensation For 16-Year-Old Irrigation Cuts

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 30, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Lawsuit could lead to compensation and a change in the legal status of water rights in the drought-stricken West.

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Oregon Governor Appoints New Lottery, Agriculture Chiefs

OPB | Nov. 18, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday she's appointing Alexis Taylor to head the Department of Agriculture, and Barry Pack to head the Oregon Lottery.

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Oregon Marijuana Growers Torch Moldy Pot

Medford Mail Tribune | Nov. 15, 2016 2:32 p.m. | White City, Oregon

Huge piles of moldy marijuana in Southern Oregon are going up in smoke this fall after record rains in October took a toll on many crops.

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Young Oregon Farmers Face Barriers To Starting Farm Businesses

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 1:21 p.m.

A new report shows that it’s increasingly difficult for young people to get into farming in Oregon.

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Blueberries Are Big | PPS Civil Rights Complaint | RNC Preview

OPB | July 11, 2016 noon

The Oregon blueberry harvest this year may be record-breaking. Also, a Portland Public School Board member has accused the district of bias, and we preview the Republican National Convention starting next week.