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Grassland Oregon Introduces Online Resource for Novel Seed Solutions

Grassland Oregon has launched a dramatically redesigned site which embodies its forward-thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of today’s seed industry professionals. The landing page is designed as a portal to keep visitors engaged and up-to-date with a wide variety of factors that affect the seed industry.  Included are daily updates on commodities […]

Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

Congressional negotiators reached a final deal Monday on a five-year, $500 billion farm bill that cuts $24 billion over a decade, with the largest cuts coming in the food stamp program. WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators completed work on a new five-year $500 billion farm bill Monday, bringing closer to an end more than two years […]

OSU 2014 Seed Quality Management Workshop

May 1-2 May 8-9 Seed quality is a powerful biological technology.Oregon is the world leader in grass seed supply. To maintain that edge, there is a continuous need to strengthen our seed quality management in each and every step of the system including: seed field management, seed conditioning, seed testing, seed storage, and distribution. Furthermore, […]

Canola bill goes to governor

By MITCH LIES Capital Press SALEM — A bill to place a five-year ban on all but a smattering of canola production in the Willamette Valley has passed the Oregon Senate and is headed to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber. Despite significant opposition testimony, the Senate approved House Bill 2427 by a vote of […]

Oregon House approves bill to ban canola crops in Willamette Valley

By Harry Esteve, The Oregonian SALEM — A bill that would prohibit farmers from planting canola crops in some parts of the Willamette Valley passed the Oregon House on Tuesday, over objections by some lawmakers that the Legislature is overstepping its authority. “We should not be overruling the Department of Agriculture and picking favorites of […]

Seed farmers try to beat the rain

By Alex Paul, Albany Democrat-Herald Six weeks ago, mid-valley farmers were worried that a long spell of dry weather was going to greatly decrease crop yields. This week, despite nearly daily rainfall and a forecast of more to come, swathers began chewing up grass seed fields. “When the grass is ripe, you need to get […]

Subcommittee passes revised canola bill

By MITCH LIES Capital Press SALEM — A legislative subcommittee has approved a bill banning all but a smattering of canola production in the Willamette Valley until Jan. 2, 2019. House Bill 2427 as amended also allocates $679,000 in general funds to study how canola production would affect the valley’s specialty seed crops. The bill […]

Sprague Pest Solutions Named a Top 100 Company

Tacoma, Wash. – Sprague Pest Solutions (http://www.spraguepest.com/), a third-generation, family-owned provider of pest management services, was recently named to the Pest Control Technology Magazine Top 100 List, an annual compilation of the leading pest management companies in the United States. The list was included in the magazine’s May issue (www.pctonline.com). For more, see Sprague Named […]

Senate passes ODA budget

By MITCH LIES Capital Press SALEM — The Oregon Senate on June 13 passed the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s proposed 2013-15 budget with only 1 “no” vote. ODA Director Katy Coba earlier characterized the budget as “probably the best budget we’ve had since I’ve been director.” The budget increases the department’s overall funding from $84 […]

Experts say ryegrass seed exports have likely peaked

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press The robust growth in ryegrass seed exports seen in recent years has likely peaked due to diminished European demand and higher domestic prices, experts say. “The party is over,” said Steve Tubbs, president of Turf Merchants, Inc., in Tangent, Ore. “In general, there’s not much good news at the export […]