Entries by Angie Smith

Drought in Central Oregon could impact global seed supply

Drought in Jefferson County, Ore., is putting a heavy burden on the area’s farming community, affecting everything from crop production to equipment sales. But the drought is now having wider implications, causing price hikes for some varieties of seed. And the situation could worsen next year. Troy Kuenzie, president of Pratum Co-op, which markets Jefferson […]

Doubling the Size of the Cover Crop “Pie”

That’s the impetus behind GO Seed’s recent hiring of Dr. Shannon Cappellazzi: to scientifically demonstrate the value of – and increase the market for — cover crops.   By working more closely with farmers and universities to facilitate research on what’s going on beneath the ground, the company hopes to determine which varietals of cover crop, […]

DLF seed featured on new Jack Nicklaus golf course

The new public course opened May 2. The new American Dunes Golf Club, Grand Haven, Michigan, debuted as a renovation of the Grand Haven Golf Club, partially with the help of retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus. Construction of the new championship golf course, which opened May 2, started in April 2019. Halsey, Oregon-based DLF’s U.S. professional […]

Weber led COSI’s rise to seed industry leadership

Central Oregon Seeds Inc. has been key in making Jefferson County a seed production hub After 42 years as managing partner of Central Oregon Seeds Inc., Mike Weber turned 70 and retired Jan. 31 from a job that helped establish Jefferson County as an innovative specialty crop area. He will still remain a partner and […]

Grass seed dealer agrees to $300K settlement in mislabeling case

SALEM — A Willamette Valley grass seed dealer accused of mislabeling more than 8 million pounds of seed has reached a settlement with state agriculture officials. Dynamic Seed Source LLC and owner Trevor Abbott have agreed to pay $300,000 in fines to to the Oregon Department of Agriculture as part of the deal. The company […]

Top turfgrass breeder combines art, science

Pure-Seed Testing develops turfgrasses and forages that solve problems and meet needs. Crystal Rose-Fricker, the president of Pure Seed and Pure-Seed Testing Inc., and has developed or co-developed more than 320 turf and forage grass cultivars. The renowned grass seed geneticist has made her mark in research and breeding for more than 30 years, earning […]

Berger keeps family, business in focus

In a bustling family business, relationships can easily fall by the wayside. With seed planting, cleaning, bagging, storing and shipping, Becky Berger, owner and CEO of Berger International Seed, is as intentional about growing strong family relationships as she is about the business. “We formed a family council,” Berger said. “Twice a year we sit […]

Oregon Seed Association Responds to Investigation into Grass Seed Mislabeling & Fraud Charges

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—March 4, 2021 Contact: Angie Smith 503-685-7555 smith@pacwestcom.com   OREGON SEED ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO INVESTIGATION INTO GRASS SEED MISLABELING & FRAUD CHARGES (Wilsonville, Ore.)—In response to the recent article about a former grass seed company manager charged in a fraud and mislabeling scheme, the Oregon Seed Association (OSA) issues the following statement: […]