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 »

The Sustainable Table: Organic Hazelnuts

EUGENE, Ore. — The winter can be a challenging season for local farmers. Western Oregon’s constant rain is hard on crops. That’s why some farms are growing products that are good all year, like one farm that grows hazelnuts. “We’re in our fifth season of growing hazelnuts,” said Linda Perrine, Honor Earth Farm owner. Not … Continue reading »

Growing Fish and Produce Together

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon is home to the largest aquaponics farm in the country. The Farming Fish started with a lot of conversations. The farm’s three partners spent years researching their idea. “It’s the marriage of aquaculture–raising fish for food with hydroponics–which is raising produce or plants in water; so when you combine those two, … Continue reading »

Farm to School Educates Local Students

EUGENE, Ore. — A nonprofit is helping kids eat fresh fruits and veggies by teaching them about local farms. The Farm to School program, in its sixth year, shows local students the benefits of farm produce. Its goal is to connect students to the source of their food. Fifth grade students at River Road Elementary … Continue reading »

Local Christmas Tree Farms Doing OK

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Christmas tree farmers in the Midwest are feeling the burn of the drought this year.  The dry weather is killing off many of their new seedlings. Although Oregon isn’t experiencing a drought, recent hot weather and the lack of rain has affected some of the new local Christmas trees planted this year. … Continue reading »

Oregon Recruiting Young Dairy Farmers

CRESWELL, Ore. — Oregon is recruiting more young dairy farmers than other states. The state Dairy Farmers Association says the enthusiasm of the youth helps the industry keep up with the times. Harrold’s Dairy Farm is a fourth-generation farm. The youngest farmer there to take on the business is 23 years old. Bobbi Harrold just … Continue reading »