State's Wine Industry Emerges Strong From Recession

By Jim McCoy Tue 27th January Newsagriculturewine
A consultant's report says Oregon's wine business has emerged strongly from the recession, with healthy gains in acreage, the number of wineries and sales. The Capital Press reports ( the study by the California beverage consultant Full Glass Research also suggests the success of Oregon's largely home-grown wine business has begun to attract more outside interest. Read More »

Southern Oregon Pears Early, Not As Plentiful

By Jim McCoy Tue 2nd September Newsagriculturepears
Midway through an early harvest, one of the world's largest pear growers says its Rogue Valley crop isn't meeting expectations. Medford-based Naumes Inc. told the Mail Tribune ( ) that the harvest is two weeks ahead of schedule and it looks like the yield will be 15 percent below normal. It says the culprit was a two-day freeze in late March.Read More »

Christmas Tree Farmers Enjoying Banner Year

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th November NewsagricultureChristmas trees
Christmas tree growers in the Northwest say business is looking better this year after a long slump. They tell the agricultural publication Capital Press ( prices are up 2 percent to 3 percent after a seven-year slide that saw them drop by 35 percent. Now, the growers say, some buyers are scrambling to find high-quality trees. The growers say the tRead More »

Heavy Rain May Mean Soggy Harvest Of Grapes

By Jim McCoy Mon 30th September Newsagriculturegrapesweather
Heavy rains may make for a soggy harvest in Oregon's wine country. In the southern Willamette Valley, for instance, the Eugene Register-Guard reports ( ) that with heavy precipitation the past two weeks, September rainfall is more than four times the local average. That threatens grapes with mildew, rot, dilution and splitting. Cold days and nights sRead More »

Rogue River Beekeeper Wants Tax Break For Agricultural Land

By Jim McCoy Wed 28th August NewsagricultureJohn Jacobproperty taxes
A Jackson County beekeeper contends that his honeybees are livestock, so the land where they forage for nectar and pollen should qualify for a lower, agricultural property tax. The Medford Mail Tribune ( reports the dispute was heard Tuesday in a state tax court. John Jacob keeps bees on an acre of land on a couple's property outside Rogue River. JRead More »

Northwest Pears Headed For China

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st January Newsagricultureexports
The first shipment of Northwest pears is on its way to China under a new trade agreement. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the agreement was reached last summer and final terms were published last week. A container ship is carrying as many as 3,600 boxes of pears.Read More »


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