After an unprecedented shut-off of irrigation water in the Klamath Project, agriculture producers had to scramble to find water for their crops. While many used groundwater wells to make up at least some of the loss, the limits of that resource became clear.
Agriculture is stressed across the region. Blueberries are ripening so fast, processors can’t keep up. Potatoes, a valuable Northwest crop, are growing in weird shapes, making them hard to cut into fries. Dairy cows produce less milk when overheated, so operators are misting them with water and turning giant fans on them.
When Shantae Johnson and Arthur Shavers embarked on their Mudbone Grown agricultural enterprise in 2015, they were doing more than building a farm from scratch, they were changing the narrative of what it means to be a Black farmer in Oregon.
Many small farms in Skagit County, including Farias Farm, started selling their produce online after coronavirus restrictions left fewer options to sell at farmers markets, a major source of income, the Skagit Valley Herald reported this week.