agriculture

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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Karen Swift talks about events in support of Jackson County's anti-GMO measure.

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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Meredith Reynolds, Jack Douggan and Kevin Talbert give the PRO side on the Extension measure.

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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Jennifer Fearing was campaign manager for Prop 2, and explains how it's supposed to work.

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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Jeff Bitter of Allied Grape Growers Association describes the wine grape harvest of 2013.

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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Beverly Hughes at Food For Lane County explains the efforts to revive the crop donation tax credit.

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 lists his many concerns about GMOs, and his hope for eventual success.

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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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Dan Imhoff and Eric Shuck explain the (complicated) workings of federal farm bills.

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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Michael Donovan discusses the growth in the wine industry, growth he expects to continue.

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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Wendy Siporen and Sebastian Aguilar talk about local farm products available in winter.

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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