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Summer Harvest Season in Washington County

Summer is a busy time for agricultural communities. As crops ripen over the summer and into the fall, farm workers are putting in long, hard, […]

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Local Research Shows Benefits of Native Groundcovers in Agricultural Settings

Many agricultural properties include areas of land that aren’t used for crop production, such as field edges, roadways, hedgerows, and rows between crop beds. These […]

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Cover Cropping to Reduce Bare Ground in Hazelnut Orchards

The hazelnut was named Oregon’s state nut in 1989. Today, around 1,000 Oregon farm families grow hazelnuts on over 87,000 acres. Traditional hazelnut harvesting techniques […]

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Farm Transition Planning – Why is it So Important?

Managing risk is a must in agriculture. Farmers, ranchers, and forest owners know this well – they take care to plant at the perfect time, […]

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Nature vs. Nature: Biological Controls in Conservation

Those of us who grew up watching Animal Planet are familiar with scenes of ferocious hunting and escape – a jarring portrayal of nature’s intense […]

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Managing Mud in Winter

Winter is here! With the change of seasons in Western Oregon comes an onslaught of rain, making managing mud in pastures, around barns, and in […]

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