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|Articles - March 2014|
|Tuesday, February 25, 2014|
BY LINDA BAKER
A blueberry bush is a blueberry bush — except when it’s a blueberry tree. Horticulturists at Oregon State University are testing a novel scientific concept: a grafted blueberry tree aimed at making the blueberry-harvesting process more efficient, a boon in Oregon, which harvested about 70 million pounds in 2013. Growers typically use machine harvesters with catch plates to collect blueberries. But because bushes have multiple stems, about 15% to 25% of the blueberry harvest is lost, says Wei Qiang Yang, a horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service. “The plates can’t circle the branches very well,” he says. A single-stem blueberry tree may also have advantages for soil adaptation and weed management. Yang is working with the Oregon Blueberry Commission and the National University of Florida on a multiyear project to test the commercial potential — including yield and quality — of blueberry trees, which could be ready for release to nurseries in about five years. The pioneering process involved grafting three varieties — the Aurora, Draper and Liberty — onto wild blueberry trees, the first time a bush has been grafted to a tree for the purpose of commercial fruit production. “It’s very intriguing for a plant scientist,” Yang says.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Friday, June 13, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST BLOGGER
This article summarizes the key considerations a building owner must keep in mind when thinking about leasing to a medical marijuana dispensary.
Friday, July 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
BY MONICA ENAND | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Nine tips for building habits among employees to respond when needed.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
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How George Fox has become one of Oregon's largest private universities.
Forest Grove sees growth in the burgeoning food and beverage scene.
Lane Powell Shareholder Susan K. Eggum has been elected as vice chair of programs and projects for the International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC’s) Employment Law Committee.
Geffen Mesher is saddened to announce the passing of long-time shareholder, Tom “Mike” Anderson, who died on July 10, 2014, from liver disease diagnosed after recent heart surgery. He was 55 years old.
Fifteen Lane Powell attorneys have been named 2014 “Oregon Super Lawyers,” and another five attorneys have been named as “Oregon Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine.