Three-Quarters Oregon in Severe Drought

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new report indicates that almost 75 percent of Oregon is in severe drought, and scientists are worried about this winter’s trends. “Three of our wettest months are usually November, December, and January,” said Kathie Dello, the Deputy Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “We’ve seen a dry November and … Continue reading »

Tree Farms Prepare for Busy Season

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — Around 80,000 Christmas trees are grown at Northern Lights Christmas Tree farm. As the holiday season quickly approaches, workers on the farm are preparing for the busy season to begin. Whether looking for a big tree or just a little one, local Christmas tree farms have just about any type you … Continue reading »

City Club Debates GMOs

EUGENE, Ore. –Earlier this year the Oregon legislature passed a bill preventing counties from regulating genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Many local farmers said this will eliminate organic farming because seeds are often carried by birds and bees to other farms, so stopping the spread of seeds will be nearly impossible. But those in support … Continue reading »

Deadly Sheep Disease Hits Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Around 300 sheep in Douglas County are being euthanized after the Department of Agriculture found they were at a high risk for a deadly sheep disease.  It’s a disease known to be deadly to sheep called Scrapie that’s back in Oregon for the first time in five years. “Scrapie is not … Continue reading »

Dry Weather Yields Large Pumpkin Harvest

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — It’s the time of the year when Lone Pine Farms expects hundreds of people to head to its pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. The farm said it’s been a great year for the pumpkin crop. The 20 acre you pick pumpkin patch looks like a sea of orange, … Continue reading »

Eugene Residents March Against Monsanto

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of people spent Saturday afternoon rallying against the agricultural giant Monsanto. It was all part of a nationwide protest against the biotechnology company and called for an end to genetically modified seeds, or GMOs. Protestors said GMOs can ruin organic fields, when the wind blows them onto crops. Hundreds of people … Continue reading »