NEWS

GLOBAL WARMING SAVES OREGON WINE VINTAGE

Winegrowers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley battled Mother Nature’s numerous hurdles this growing season and early indications are that the 2022 vintage will be a ‘classic Oregon vintage.’ A severe late-season frost in April led growers to estimate that over half of the Willamette Valley’s crop could...Read more

PACIFIC NORTHWEST GAINS TWO NEW AVAs

The United States Department of Treasury recently published the final rules for two new wine appellations in Washington and Oregon, which winemakers can now officially use on wine labels! Mount Pisgah-Polk County, located about 15 miles west of Salem, Oregon, is located entirely within the existing...Read more
rural internet,farmers,agriculture

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN RURAL AMERICA

A recent USDA report on farm computer usage and ownership found that 52 percent of farmers rely on smartphones to conduct farm business. As a result, agricultural advisors are turning to smartphone apps to deliver research-based information via a platform that is easily accessible by as many people...Read more
canned wine,viticulture,wine

CANNED WINE - POPULAR, PRACTICAL, AND PORTABLE

Millennials are predicted to overcome Gen Xers as the biggest fine wine drinking generation by 2026. Wine consumption is up among Millennials, but that is not apparent from the way it is being advertised. Marketing around tasting notes, points and industry terms has made wine feel intimidating to...Read more
christmas trees,forestry,pacific northwest,agriculture

The Christmas Crop - Growing Christmas Trees in the PNW

According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Christmas tree farms cover almost 350,000 acres of land, an area that is about the size of Los Angeles. Christmas trees are now as much a crop as is wheat, soybeans, or grass seed. The Pacific Northwest is not only the largest, but also the...Read more
agriculture,beef,pandemic,shortage

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

USDA analysts believed that 2020 would be a big year for America’s meat industry with record-setting red meat and poultry production. Economic growth and low unemployment were projected to boost the demand for animal protein, but then came COVID-19. Farms were packed plum full of animals raised for...Read more
Thanksgiving,farming,agriculture,pandemic

HOW WILL THE PANDEMIC AFFECT THANKSGIVING?

Throughout the country turkey farmers and retailers alike have had to roll the dice: what would pandemic Thanksgiving look like? Would Thanksgiving be cancelled? The coronavirus pandemic will interrupt 50 years of steadily increasing turkey consumption and holiday traditions may change for good...Read more
farmers,wheat harvest,combine

FARMING NAMED MOST RESPECTED PROFESSION IN U.S.

Farming and agriculture were recently named Gallup Inc.’s most respected profession, a first in the poll’s twenty-year history. Gallup, an international polling and consulting company, polled Americans this summer on their overall view of several business sectors. Respondents were asked whether...Read more
How will the wildfires affect the 2020 wine harvest

WILL THE 2020 WINE VINTAGE GO EXTINCT?

Wineries across the West Coast are facing difficult decisions as the recent wildfires have caused what some are calling the single worst disaster the community has ever faced. After the fires subsided California, Oregon and Washington were blanketed with smoke that hovered for days. This smoke can...Read more
Wallla Walla County Dryland CRP Farm for sale, AgTradeGroup, Farm Brokers

LIFE AFTER CRP - RETURNING LAND TO CROPS

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), administered by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, is the largest land retirement program in the United States. The voluntary retirement of land provides numerous benefits related to soil erosion, water quality, wildlife habitat provision, and other...Read more

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