Agriculture

Agriculture
DNA breakthrough puts angus bulls to the test
July 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

angus_cowAngus cattle breeders were hit with frightening news twice over the past year when researchers separately discovered two genetic mutations in the breed that cause calves to be born dead. But DNA testing also giveth what it taketh away.

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Mining industry digs into the Valley's best soil
July 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

willamette_valleyFertile land is the lifeblood of Oregon’s agricultural industry, a major economic driver that is almost completely family-run. But land — including the physical space, topsoil and rock underneath it — is a lucrative resource and contenders include aggregate mining companies. The reason: much of the highest-quality basalt is located under the best soil.

 

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Fields of few dreams
June 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009

ATSWheatWhat will prices be at harvest this year? "That's literally the million dollar question," says Tammy Dennee, executive director of the Oregon Wheat Growers League.

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Farm prices return to earth
July 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

After rapid growth driven by pricier grains and other crops during last year's speculation on ethanol, Oregon's farm prices have settled back down to 2007 levels.

 

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Nursery sales wilt
High Five
Monday, June 01, 2009

The housing recession hits the previously booming nursery industry.

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