Keeping Them Down On The Farm (Bill)

Dec 20, 2013
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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. 

Wine Industry Grows Quickly In Southern Oregon

Dec 5, 2013

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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So the growing season is over. 

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


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.

Taking On The State Over Raw Milk

Nov 26, 2013

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. 

Adopting Agriculture As An Occupation

Nov 21, 2013
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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. 

GMO And The OMG Factor

Nov 12, 2013

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. 

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

Sep 26, 2013
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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. 

Being Good To The Bees

Sep 6, 2013

The recent pesticide-caused bee deaths in northern Oregon underscored the importance of bees to agriculture… and so to us and our food supply.  No education on this point is necessary for the people at Wild Bee International in Eagle Point.  You'll hear about the group's work with bees, and what it hopes to accomplish for bees and all of us who depend upon them.  Other beekeepers and bee fans join in the discussion.