Entries by Angie Smith

Proprietary Grass Seed Business Prioritizes Quality

Becky Meeuwsen Berger’s grass seed business evolves to prioritize quality and family harmony Whether she’s meeting with potential buyers in China, weighing a new crop option or sitting at a table surrounded by her family council, Becky Meeuwsen Berger knows difficult times don’t define you – they propel you. And, through hard work and focus, no […]

Barenbrug and Simplot Enter Into Agreement for the Sale of the Jacklin® Seed Business

The Royal Barenbrug Group and the J.R. Simplot Company announced they have agreed on terms for the sale of the Jacklin® Seed business to Barenbrug USA. The transaction is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to standard closing conditions. Both Simplot and Barenbrug are privately held, family owned companies with storied legacies […]

Local Grass Seed Farm Boy Finds Niche in Developing Fine Whiskey

By Sarah Brown Lebanon Local DUSTIN HERB checks the oil level in a glass of Waterford whiskey as he explains how to experience fine whiskey. Photos by Sarah Brown Dustin Herb considers his path in life part heritage, part hard work, and mostly luck. If he could brag about anything – which isn’t a natural […]

DLF Pickseed Announces New Company Promotions

Over the past couple years, DLF Pickseed has been working on succession planning and development. It is a valuable process to ensure continuity, leadership, and success. As a result of their work and conversations, the company has two exciting changes to share. Sean Chaney was promoted to vice president of the Pro Turf Division. Chaney […]

Chris McDowell: Starts seed business with her daughters

Chris McDowell’s long history in the grass seed industry has taught her and her two daughters that Oregon is fertile ground for more women in agriculture. McDowell has been a part of the mid-Willamette Valley’s grass seed production operations for nearly 40 years, she said, while daughter Marissa Donahue transitioned from production into turf grass […]

Consumer demand overwhelms vegetable seed producers

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press Jun 3, 2020 The panicked rush to buy vegetable seeds in the wake of this year’s coronavirus pandemic is something that farmer Frank Morton has seen before. Previously, the surge in demand was spurred by the Great Recession over a decade ago, and before that, by fears of the Y2K […]

Container service returning to Portland, Oregon

SM Line will start calling the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 on a weekly basis in January. Farmers and other shippers in Oregon got some good news this week when the South Korea-based container carrier SM Line announced it will bring weekly container shipping service back to Portland early next year. The service “will create more jobs […]

Grass seed moves to #4 in Oregon commodities

Greenhouse, nursery products top Oregon’s ag products Followed by cattle and calves, hay and grass seed SALEM, Ore. – Greenhouse and nursery products remain Oregon’s leading agricultural commodity, with an annual value of nearly $1 billion, based on data collected by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Sources include USDA National agricultural Statistic Service (NASS), Oregon State […]

Weaver Seed Receives 2019 Leadership Award

Weaver Seed of Oregon was chosen to receive the 2019 Leadership Award at the Celebrate Trade event in Portland. The Celebrate Trade event is the “Oregon International Business Awards and Consular Corps Scholarship Gala” held during Oregon’s World Trade Week to help build the next generation of leaders. See this video clip on the work […]

Northwest agriculture: You’re not in Kansas

By Brad Carlson, Capital Press May 16, 2019 A drive through Oregon’s Willamette Valley will quickly convince any Midwesterner that agriculture in the Pacific Northwest is far different from the Corn Belt. Rows of hazelnut trees line up next to fields of Christmas trees, and grass seed fields are surrounded by blueberries — more than […]