Agriculture

Agriculture
Branding out; microchips in
High Five
Monday, July 06, 2009

Ranchers are expressing concerns over a government microchip program for tracking cattle.

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Down and dirty
July 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Oregon_Business_090605_0027Donna Smith and Robyn Streeter founded Your Backyard Farmer on the principle that everyone should be able to eat fresh, local food. And if you’re too busy or too clueless to grow your own, they’ll do it for you in your own back yard and leave a basket of vegetables on your doorstep.
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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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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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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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