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Ag News | September 10, 2016

Ag News Roundup

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Northwest Hop Harvest Sets New Record

Across the Pacific Northwest, hop growers are expecting a record harvest of 91.8 million pounds this year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, production of hops has grown 50-percent in the past five years. Just over 75-percent of all hops are grown in Washington state’s Yakima Valley.

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OSU Honors Master Gardeners

More than 3,300 people have been trained by the OSU Extension Service as Oregon State University Master Gardener volunteers since the program began. This year, 30 of those master gardeners have been recognized for their volunteer efforts that have positively affected their communities and counties. The annual award is supported by the OSU Master Gardener program and the Oregon Master Gardener Association.

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Judge Upholds $1.4 Billion Lawsuit Against State Forest Management

Linn County Circuit Judge Daniel Murphy denied the State of Oregon’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Linn County. The lawsuit seeks $1.4 billion over state forest management practices, specifically insufficient logging on state-owned forestland and the prioritization of wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreation over jobs and county welfare.

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WSU Organic Farm Shares Good Results

Washington State University has reported that the Eggert Family Organic Farm has hit a good stride during its second year at its new location. Moving to a new 30-acre site close to the center of campus has helped the program to prosper, including crop sales to WSU Dining Services and Athletic Centers.

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New Signs Urge Careful Driving on Rural Roads

Rural Marion County, Oregon saw an increase in roadside signs this June. Oregon Aglink and Papé Machinery distributed the signs to promote safe driving around farm equipment. The group hopes to expand the successful effort to other counties in Oregon over the next year.

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