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Climate Change Has Some Willamette Valley Farmers Adapting An Ancient Way To Grow Food

As the climate gets warmer, farmers in the Willamette Valley are testing an agricultural technique called dry farming. Instead of irrigating crops, they rely on the moisture stored in the soil.

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Columbia River Lock Reopens To Barge Traffic As NW Wheat Harvest Finishes Up

A critical navigation lock on the lower Columbia River reopened Friday night, Sept. 27, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Boat traffic on the international trade route has been stopped since Sept. 5 to repair a lock at Bonneville Dam.

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Bonneville Dam Lock Closure Stops Inland Northwest Grain Exports To Global Markets

The Northwest’s soft white wheat harvest is in full swing, but that grain is going nowhere fast. That’s because of an emergency repair to a lock at Bonneville Dam on the Lower Columbia River.

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'You Have To Remain An Optimist.' NW Farmers Wrap Wheat Harvest As Prices Depress

Across the country, farmers are losing money on every load of grain. The National Association of Wheat Growers estimates that since last year, U.S. wheat farmers have lost about $430 million in trade to China.

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Hail Hits Oregon Hemp Growers Hard, But Barely Dents Booming Market

Central Oregon hemp fields took a beating from hail storms this summer, but that barely put a dent in a booming industry.

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New Oregon Law Requires All Eggs To Come From Cage-Free Hens By 2024

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a bill banning the use of cages in egg production in the state. This means that all egg producers will have to go cage-free by 2024.

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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Better For The Planet? Here's The Science

There are many elements to consider: climate, animal welfare, greenhouse-gas emissions, land use. And with so many factors at play, sometimes the answer gets complicated.

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Oregon Governor Preserves Dam Money, Irrigation Bill At Veto Deadline

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown decided not to veto money for a dam project in Newport nor a bill easing ditch-clearing rules for irrigators.

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The Dream Of A Viable Bacon-Like Seaweed Is Still Alive In Oregon

Four years after OSU shook the internet with its discovery of "a seaweed that tastes like bacon," the hard work of commercialization continues, but guilt-free bacon from the sea remains elusive.

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Oregon (And The EPA) Failed To Ban This Toxic Pesticide

Last week, the EPA chose not to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Oregon tried, too — but fell short.