farming

Farming
3:47 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northwest Women Farmers Gather To Strategize Land Management

Women farmers met this weekend in Vancouver, WA, Idaho Falls, ID and Corvallis, OR to share strategies for managing their land. Amelia Templeton reports Washington State University organized a video conference in a dozen cities across the Northwest to help women farmers connect.

According to the latest census data, women make up about 20 percent of farm operators in Oregon and Washington and just 12 percent in Idaho. Their numbers have fallen since the 2007 census.

Lorrie Conway grew up on a farm. Now she runs a small goat dairy in Camas, WA.

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Farmer Privacy Concerns
6:38 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead

What critics call the “ag gag” bill is a reaction to a 2012 video that showed workers abusing cows at a farm near Twin Falls.
Credit Martin Pilát/Flickr

A measure that seeks to bar animal rights activists from making undercover video in Idaho dairies is moving ahead in the state House. What critics call the “ag gag” bill is a reaction to a 2012 video that showed workers abusing cows at a farm near Twin Falls. Farmers say they need protection from what they call “vigilante” tactics.

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Oregon Farms
6:26 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Census Of Agriculture Shows Fewer Oregon Farms

Oregon lost farmland at a rate that was lower than the national average.
Credit drburtoni/Flickr

New statistics from the US Department of Agriculture show the number of working farms in Oregon shrank by more than 8 percent between 2007 and 2012. The figures were included in preliminary data from the agency's 2012 Census of Agriculture.

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Farming Tax Credits
5:24 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ore. Farmers Want Tax Break For Donated Crops

USDA

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 5:10 pm

Oregon farmers are hoping the state Legislature makes it worth their while to donate crops that would otherwise go to waste.

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Christmas Trees
4:12 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

What The Farm Bill Tucked Beneath Northwest Christmas Trees

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill.
Credit Tedder / Wikimedia Commons

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill. This could affect many growers in Oregon, which leads the country in Christmas tree production.

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Information Privacy
6:37 am
Mon January 27, 2014

How The Farm Bill Could Make It Harder To Track Down Pollution

The EPA accidentally released the names and addresses of 80,000 farmers to environmental groups.
Credit Scott Butner/Flickr

Farmers across the country are hoping that Congress will soon pass a new Farm Bill. The bill helps guide agricultural policy. One version of the bill would limit the public’s access to information about agricultural pollution. And that is drawing interest -- and concern, from groups that don’t normally get involved with farm policy.

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Northwest News
9:04 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

Some of this season's Comice pear harvest is rotting in Pacific Northwest orchards because there aren't enough workers to pick it.
Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 10:12 am

It's always a bit sad to say goodbye to summer corn and tomatoes, and settle into fall.

There are consolations, though — like the new crop of pears. Over 80 percent of America's fresh pears are grown in the Pacific Northwest, and this year's harvest is slated to be one of the biggest on record.

But some of the fruit is rotting in the orchards because there aren't enough workers to pick them.

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StoryCorps NW
7:33 am
Wed August 28, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Brains and Brawn, Farming In The Yakima Valley

Charlie de la Chapelle (L) Cragg Gilbert (R)
Credit StoryCorps

When you think of farming in America, you may think of golden fields, red barns and abundant orchards.        You may imagine a  farmer in overalls, sitting on a tractor. But what about a farmer sitting in class -- at a university? Cragg Gilbert and his cousin Charlie de la Chapelle discuss how education and research are today's tools in farming.

Copyright 2013 StoryCorps and  Northwest Public Radio 

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Oregon Farmers
7:33 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Southern Oregon Farmers Suing To Prevent Water Release

Klamath River Canyon as seen from an overlook near Weyerhaeuser Road.
Credit ex_magician

Farmers in southern Oregon are suing to block the release of additional water from the Trinity River to the Klamath River. The discharge next week by the federal Bureau of Reclamation is meant to prevent a fish kill of Klamath River salmon. The agency finalized its plans Wednesday and that’s what prompted the lawsuit from farmers.

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Northwest News
9:47 am
Tue July 23, 2013

So What Is The White Bluffs Bladderpod, And Why Does It Matter?

The White Bluffs bladderpod is a small plant growing on a tiny strip of Washington land. It’s the focus of a big fight between farmers and the federal government. And there’s still a lot scientists don’t know about the plant.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The White Bluffs bladderpod is a small flower facing some big issues.  It’s a short plant with bright yellow flowers and small inflated pods – hence its name.  At first glance, there’s nothing special about it.  It isn’t edible and doesn’t have any herbal use that we know of.   But the bladderpod is rare.  It appears to grow only in a 17 mile long strip of federal lands in the Columbia Basin.  Right now, U.S. Fish and Wildlife lists the bladderpod as “threatened.”  They would like to list it as “endangered.” 

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