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Christmas tree supplies remain tight

- A continued shortage of Christmas trees grown in the Northwest will likely mean higher prices this season.

California winery to change labels for Oregon brands

- A Napa Valley winery at the center of a labeling dispute in Oregon has agreed to put new labels on two brands of Oregon Pinot noir, including Elouan and The Willametter Journal.

White resigns as Klamath Water Users Association director

- The executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association has announced he is resigning effective Nov. 30.

Thanksgiving in wine country

- Wine Country Thanksgiving is Nov. 23-25 in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, an historically significant sales weekend for the region’s rapidly growing wine industry.

U.S. ag negotiator talks trade deals

- Ambassador Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, was the featured speaker to wrap up the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland.

Limagrain provides wheat variety update

- Executives with Limagrain Cereal Seeds discussed new wheat varieties released in 2018, and others under development, at the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention Nov. 16 in Portland.

Overcoming perception key to bright future for food barley

- Bryce McKay, commercial manager for Highland Specialty Grains in Moses Lake, Wash., outlined efforts to boost the profile of food barley during a presentation Nov. 16 at the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention.

Rogue pack kills another cow in Oregon

- Wolves from the Rogue pack in Southern Oregon have killed five cows in the past three weeks in Jackson and Klamath counties.

Peterson Trucks acquires Brattain International

- Peterson Trucks, based in San Leandro, Calif., has acquired Brattain International and its five locations in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Bend and Albany.

Funding requested to improve soft white wheat in saltine crackers

- Members of the Oregon Wheat Commission, Washington Grain Commission and Idaho Wheat Commission met Wednesday during the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland.

Hazelnut yields fall short of expectations

- After the USDA predicted a record hazelnut crop in 2018, yields are coming in short of expectations, according to Oregon processors.

Dairy, berry producers scream for ice cream

- Oregon State University hosted its first Ice Cream Science, Technology and Supply class Nov. 6-7 at the Food Innovation Center in Portland, with support from dairy producers and berry growers.

Oregon ranchers volunteer to test new wolf deterrence strategy

- Ranchers Cynthia Warnock and Rodger Huffman have agreed to test a new proposal for deterring wolf attacks on livestock in Eastern Oregon, where most of the state’s wolf population resides.

Study shows crops, forage may benefit from solar panel shade

- An accidental discovery at Oregon State University may reveal how solar panels can help grow healthier crops on dryland farms.

LUBA hears arguments in Port Westward expansion

- The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals will issue a written ruling Nov. 29 on a proposed rezone of high-value farmland for industrial use near Clatskanie in Columbia County.

Running the farm, running for office

- Several candidates running for the Oregon Legislature must strike a balance between farm life and the campaign trail.

NRCS snowpack maps will hang around through winter

- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will continue to generate daily snowpack maps across the West for at least one more winter while staff troubleshoots technical concerns from a planned software update.

OWEB awards grants for sage grouse conservation

- The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board awarded nearly $420,000 over four grants to protect sage grouse habitat in Eastern Oregon.

National FFA Officer team includes two reps from the West

- Shea Booster, of Bend, Ore., was elected western region vice president on the 2018-19 National FFA Officer team.

Oregon farms, ranches land federal renewable energy grants

- Nine Oregon farms, ranches and small businesses have received funding from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program to build small-scale renewable energy projects including solar power and hydroelectricity.

Western Innovator: Chris Schreiner leads organic certification nonprofit

- Chris Schreiner, executive director of Oregon Tilth, has overseen significant growth in the organic food sector over the last 20 years.

Willamette Valley winemakers help S. Oregon vineyards

- Willamette Valley winemakers have purchased 140 tons of grapes from Southern Oregon that were rejected by a Napa Valley winery over concerns about smoke taint caused by wildfires.

Oregon ‘cottage food’ law showing benefits

- Five years after it went into effect, the Oregon Farm Direct Marketing Law is working as advocates hoped it would, according to a study published by Oregon State University researchers.

Northwest farmers, ranchers endure intense 2018 fire season

- The 2018 wildfire season had a severe impact on Northwestern agriculture, from burned crops and rangeland to health hazards from smoke.

Driver dies in E. Oregon cattle truck crash

- A semi-trailer truck hauling cattle crashed Tuesday on Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon, killing the driver and five cows.

Water infrastructure bill includes provisions for Klamath Project

- The America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 includes several key provisions for farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin.

California winery works with investigators on label controversy

- Federal investigators have already checked records at winery, owner says.

Oregon to craft new proposal for managing wolves

- Ranchers and conservation groups indicated they may have common ground on a new framework for managing wolf-livestock conflicts proposed Tuesday during a stakeholder meeting in Salem.

Study shows fungicides effectively limit hazelnut disease

- Without fungicides, mature hazelnut orchards in Oregon may have perished due to Eastern Filbert Blight years ago, according to a study published by Oregon State University.

REAL Oregon announces its second class

- The Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program, or REAL Oregon, has announced its second class of participants.

Former water district employee sentenced for embezzlement

- Patricia Gilbert, a former employee of the Santiam Water Control District in Stayton, Ore., was sentenced to 24 months in prison for embezzling nearly $24,000.

Napa Valley winery rejects 2,000 tons of S. Oregon wine grapes

- Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, of California, has canceled contracts to buy at least 2,000 tons of wine grapes from Southern Oregon growers due to smoke taint from this year’s wildfires.