Farmers Use Technology and Drones

Dillon, SC (CNN) — Farming is becoming a job for older folks. It seems young adults aren’t drawn to the profession, but new technology hopes to change that. South Carolina is home to about 24,400 farms, according to the USDA. And as the average age of the average farmer grows older, many of those farmers … Continue reading »

Hay Baler Damaged in Goshen Grass Fire

Goshen, Ore. — Warm temperatures and dry conditions posed a challenge to firefighters who battled a grass fire at a Goshen farm Monday afternoon. Crews from Goshen and Pleasant Hill Fire Districts, along with South Lane Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry, responded to the emergency around 12:45 p.m., after someone reported … Continue reading »

Kids Learn About Farming

EUGENE, Ore.– Kids got to try their hand at some basic farming skills Saturday as part of the Science Factory’s Farm Food Festival. This festival gives kids the chance to make flour by hand, pet baby goats, and learn how to make cheese and butter. Kids also got the chance to learn about growing and … Continue reading »

Students Learn About Grass Farming

HARRISBURG, Ore. — Linn County bills itself as the “Grass Seed Capital of the World,” and some first graders at Harrisburg Elementary School got a first-hand look at grass farming on Thursday. Nick Bowers of Harrisburg grows grass seed, wheat, clover, and meadowfoam. He showed the kids at Harrisburg Elementary some of the heavy machinery … Continue reading »

Farmers Get Tax Credit for Donating Food

MEDFORD, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber signed a bill  Thursday that aims at bringing fresh food to hungry families. Last month, the state legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 1541, better known as the crop donation tax credit.  This will give farmers tax credit if they donate raw natural food to food banks. Farmers in the Rogue Valley … 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 »

Local Farmers Cope without Rain

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been 19 dry days and counting now in what’s shaping up to be one of the drier springs on record. Local farms have only received six inches of rain since January, about a third of what they’re supposed to get. But where Mother Nature fails, farmers prevail. “When it gets hot, … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: That’s My Farmer

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Tomatoes, berries, squash–they’re part of the delicious seasons that are summer and fall here in Oregon. Though it will be a few months before people get to taste them, local farms are already preparing for the harvest. “Right now, we’re starting all the seedlings for the season. We have onions, broccoli, … Continue reading »

Residents Fight Livestock Ordinance

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A 40-year old ordinance is at the center of controversy in Junction City. It bans residents from owning animals like chickens and ducks and it has residents crying foul. Now, they’re taking their fight to the web, by creating a campaign on Facebook. They call themselves the Backyard Farming Coalition. On the … Continue reading »

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