Agriculture

Yamhill Farm Loop supports family farms and local food systems

Even before COVID-19, there was a trend among consumers to buy local foods, create at-home gardens and support family farmers. More people were turning to local farms and producers for their products. As the prolonged effects ...

Garden to Table course reaches traditionally underserved residents

The number of Latinos in Yamhill County continues to grow, making up about 16% of the county’s population. However, Latinos, especially those in lower-income households, along with other underserved residents, have traditionally been...

Farmers get a handle on wildfire prevention from OSU Extension outreach

In 2018, the Substation Fire swept north central Oregon – where wheat reigns as the premier crop – burning 80,000 acres and killing a farm employee. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reacted by ...

New rotational crops increase economic viability for Lower Columbia Basin farmers

On the irrigated farmland of the Lower Columbia Basin, growers rotate their high-value crops of onions and potatoes from field to field to help stave off soil-borne diseases and pests, cut down on erosion, suppress weeds and ...

Farm managers gain knowledge in OSU Extension’s virtual Coffee Hours

With its fertile soil and mild climate, the Willamette Valley grows a wide number of crops that are profitable but attract a challenging arsenal of pests and weeds. Growers and field agronomists tell the Oregon State University...

Networks foster support and learning as women in agriculture surge

Throughout the country, the number of women in agriculture is surging and that includes Oregon where 44% of the state’s farm producers are women. Still, working in an industry that is largely dominated by men causes some ...

FoodCorps fosters culture of health in Klamath County schools

Food insecurity affects 14.3% of the Klamath County population, according to Oregon by the Numbers, a 2020 report produced by the Oregon State University Extension Service and The Ford Family Foundation. Nationally, one in four ...

Troublesome grasshopper infestations in Klamath County addressed by OSU Extension outreach

In the summer of 2021, Oregon suffered its worst outbreaks of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets in 50 years. Light infestations – six to seven grasshoppers per square yard across 10 acres – will forage as much as one ...

OSU Extension Master Gardener Program increases diversity, equity and inclusivity

With 2,293 volunteers across the state, the 45-year-old Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program served 38,000 Oregonians in 2021. Traditionally, the structure and delivery of the program has limited volunteer ...

As climate changes, interest grows in OSU Extension Dry Farming Project

With climate change causing ongoing drought and warmer temperatures in the West, there’s a critical need to develop alternative methods of producing the many and diverse vegetable crops grown in Oregon. Droughts translate into ...