Food trends favor Oregon products

Food trends favor Oregon products

Oregon's agricultural future is intertwined with food trade and trends.

Dennis Hannapel, the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s trade policy specialist, walked the [Board of Agriculture] through changes and challenges he expects will impact the states farmers and ranchers in the coming years.

Among them: Increased use of mechanical and robotic harvesters. Tree fruits will be increasingly configured to grow on V-trellis systems, speeding picking time.

Expect the skies above fields, orchards and ranges to be filled with unmanned aerial drones, Hannapel said. Equipped with the right cameras, they’ll be able to take inventory, see disease outbreaks, spot nutrition deficiencies and help cattle ranchers track their animals, he said.

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