August 2010

Farm prices stabilize

0810_ATS18graph1Oregon farm product prices peaked in summer 2008, flopped in 2009 with the stagnant economy, but regained some footing in the first half of 2010.

Dealwatch

A roundup of timely transactions, mergers and big deals.

Coos Bay rail brings opportunity

0810_ATS10The final acquisition of an important rail segment has given the International Port of Coos Bay a chance at economic stability.

Port plans new jobs

0810_ATS11The Port of Astoria’s newly finished strategic plan hopes to generate 200 new jobs for the coastal town, no small feat  considering that Clatsop County’s unemployment rate is 9.5% and job growth has decreased by 1.4% since last May.

The green benefits of cork

0810_ATS13Cork is an important part of the wine industry. Maybe not as critical as the grape, but hard to think of a bottle without it. Salem-based Cork ReHarvest, an environmental nonprofit, is working to bolster cork’s importance as a manufactured good with a new cork recycling program.

Sushi's safe

0810_ATS14The BP oil spill that’s devastating the seafood industry in the Gulf Coast region isn’t yet affecting Oregon’s sushi restaurants.