Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Roving From The Rogue To...

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Farming in harmony with nature can take some special tools. 

Take the FarmDogg, for example.  The what? 

It's a light duty electric all-terrain vehicle designed to get farm workers around farms. 

And it is the creation of Rogue Rovers, with offices in Ashland, Oregon and Brazil. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Small Farms That Make Big Bucks


Maybe you've always been interested in farming, but just didn’t have the land for it. 

You might not need that much. 

Organic farmer Jean-Martin Fortier runs a "micro-farm" in Quebec, with only about an acre and a half of permanent planted space. 

Yet the farm makes enough money to feed Fortier's family. 

And he shares the secrets and techniques in his book The Market Gardener.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Adding To Farm To School Programs

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Maybe kids really do like healthy food better when they understand where it comes from. 

And when they grow it themselves. 

That's the business of Rogue Valley Farm to School. 

That organization and Rogue Farm Corps are getting grants to continue their work from the Oregon Community Foundation

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Food From A Box: Gro-Volution And Aeroponics

Tomatoes and Lettuce growing in an aeroponics system.
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You've probably heard of hydroponics--growing plants in a water solution without soil. 

And there's aquaponics, combining hydroponics with a fish tank. 

Now we'll focus on aeroponics… growing plants in air and mist.  No soil, no water bath.  Confused yet? 

A Southern Oregon company called Gro-Volution is gearing up for a revolution in the field of aeroponics to grow food crops. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Pear Harvest Lags In The Rogue Valley

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It's pear harvest season in the Rogue Valley, and the harvest does not look so good so far. 

After a hard early winter freeze followed by little precipitation, there were bound to be some crop impacts. 

And early reports show a smaller pear yield than in past years. 

Barry Tibbetts with Crop Production and Protection at Naumes Inc. joins us.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Eat Local Week In The Rogue Valley

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Turn over some of the produce in the store next time you shop. 

You'll probably find labels bearing information like "product of Chile." 

So a lot of our travels a long way to get to our tables. 

While local farmers produce many of the same products. 

That's why THRIVE, The Rogue Initiative For a Vital Economy, hosts "Eat Local Week" later this month (September 12-21).

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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Biosafety Alliance Weighs In On GMO Ordinance Vote

Sugar beets in the ground. Some of Jackson County's crop has been genetically engineered.
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Recent financial reports indicate that the people in opposition to Jackson County's anti-GMO crop measure have the money advantage, and much of the money comes from other states. 

But the anti-GMO (so PRO measure) forces have their own friends in other places. 

Those include the people of the Biosafety Alliance, who work on GMO and other issues. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Pro Side On Jackson County's Extension Measure

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The local ballot measures are the big news items in Oregon's May 20 primary election. 

That's especially true in Jackson County, where an anti-GMO crop measure is up for a vote.  And there's a measure to fund libraries as well.  And another: a measure to keep the Oregon State Extension service operating in the county. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Caged Bird Sings Of Change

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It's not this year, but a previous one, that may be weighing on the minds of California farmers. 

2008's Proposition 2 requires more spacious quarters for egg-laying hens, but it gave farmers more than six years to comply. 

Animal-rights activists at the Humane Society and other groups say many farmers have yet to make any changes, and could miss the deadline. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Counting California's Record Grape Harvest

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It takes a while to compile the numbers from California's massive wine grape harvest. 

But here goes: 2013 was a record year, even better than 2012.  The crush records recently compiled show 4.23 Million tons of grapes, for a total crop value of more than $3 Billion. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Reviving Crop Donation Tax Credits

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Drop a bag of clothing off at Goodwill, and you'll get a receipt and a potential tax credit. 

But farmers who grow extra acres of food and donate the produce to food banks get no such tax credit in Oregon.  And they used to. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:32 am
Fri January 24, 2014

GMO Perspective Straight From The Farm

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Howard Vlieger lives on the Iowa farm where he was born and raised. 

But his worldview extends far beyond the fields. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Keeping Them Down On The Farm (Bill)

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Maybe by the time you read this, Congress will have completed work on a farm bill. 

But it certainly dragged its feet getting up to speed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2013
11:20 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Wine Industry Grows Quickly In Southern Oregon

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From former pear orchards, a bounty of wine. 

Many of the same Southern Oregon agricultural plots that were once home to pear orchards are now home to vineyards growing wine grapes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2013
11:17 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Enjoying Local Farm Goods Outside Growing Season

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So the growing season is over. 

But that does not mean an end to products from area farms. 

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Price Increase Possible
5:54 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Christmas Tree Season Is Here

Christmas Tree Farm, Silverton, OR, July 2006.
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The peak of the shipping season for Christmas trees has arrived.

Christmas tree farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley are optimistic about this year's harvest. An oversupply of Christmas trees, which began to take hold in 2005, made it rough going for tree growers for many years.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Taking On The State Over Raw Milk

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You can sell raw milk in Oregon, but because of health concerns--the milk is not pasteurized--the state controls such sales tightly. 

For example, farms can't advertise the fact that they sell raw milk. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:42 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Adopting Agriculture As An Occupation

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Has the tide turned on interest in farming as an occupation?

For decades, the numbers of family farmers declined, and the acreage worked by large agribusiness companies went up. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

GMO And The OMG Factor


Opponents of genetically modified food products (GMO) suffered a setback when Washington voters, like California's a year ago, declined to enact a law requiring labels on GMO foods. 

But the electoral setback likely has little effect on the passion of the anti-GMO crowd. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:37 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

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School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

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