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Blue Mt. Seeds Purchases Plant from Barenbrug

Blue Mt. Seeds announced Sept. 14 it has purchased a seed cleaning facility from Barenbrug USA that was damaged earlier this year in a fire. “We needed room to expand,” said Bill Merrigan, manager of the Imbler, Ore., based company. “We were right at capacity, both cleaning capacity and storage, and we were out of […]

Grass seed, wine grape growers discuss herbicide drift solutions

Mitch Lies/For the Capital Press Wine grape grower Bill Sweat, in a vineyard outside Amity, Ore., on Aug. 19, addresses participants during a farm tour that was arranged to help wine grape and grass seed growers co-exist. Chemical dealers, licensed pesticide applicators, grass seed and wine grape growers address a gathering of legislators, state agency […]

Colin Scott joins Grassland Oregon as Field Representative

Grassland Oregon Inc., a breeder of turf, forage and cover crop seeds in Salem, Oregon, is pleased to announce that it has hired Colin Scott as its new field representative. “Colin’s knowledge that he attained at one of the leading turfgrass research companies in the United States made him an ideal choice.  His agronomic experience […]

North Carolina Increases Seed Piracy Fines 20X

Lewiston-Woodville, NC (May 18/TheState) North Carolina’s peanut belt got the kind of rain in 2013 that three decades ago could have wiped out the peanut crop. The deluge of precipitation was ideal for nurturing devastating diseases for the harvests, but farmers had a defense: Most of them had planted protected peanut varieties that N.C. State […]

Oregon grass, legume seed production bounced back in 2012-13

The recession knocked down Oregon’s grass seed industry, but the 2012-13 harvest report shows it is recovering and finding economic balance.    Oregon’s grass and legume seed industry continued its recovery in 2012-13, reaching a value of nearly $462 million, according to a report from Oregon State University. The 13.6 percent increase in production value over […]

Pure Seed Hires New Director of Forage Development

Pure Seed is happy to announce Sam Cable as the new Director of Forage Development.  Sam’s experience and knowledge will aid in the further development of Pure Seed’s forage program. Pure Seed has been in the forage business for decades, and has been looking to grow and expand that sector of the business. We are […]

Panel OKs $125,000 for state’s GMO task force

A key legislative committee has approved $125,000 in funding for a task force to advise lawmakers on issues related to genetically modified organisms. Funding for a task force that will advise the Oregon legislature on biotech crops has been approved by a key legislative committee. The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s request for $125,000 was recently […]

Oregon agriculture leaders to be honored

Oregon’s agriculture leaders and innovators will be honored at the Agricultural Progress Awards dinner March 12. The event, hosted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, celebrates progress in agriculture made through partnerships among business, higher education and state government. ODA Director Katy Coba will present the following awards: Oregon Product Retailer of the Year:  Wilco, […]

Oregon slows the loss of farmland

A study shows Oregon is still losing farmland to development, but the pace slowed dramatically as land-use planning took hold. Oregon continues to lose farmland to development and other conversions, but the pace has slowed dramatically since statewide land-use planning kicked in, a state Department of Agriculture specialist says. Data from aerial surveys done every […]