Climate Change: Pros and Cons in Agriculture

Discover how climate change can affect weather patterns—causing both positive and negative impacts on the agriculture industry.

It’s no secret that many scientists believe our planet’s climate is changing at a rapid rate, pointing to evidence such as global temperatures rising, oceans warming, ice sheets shrinking, glaciers retreating, the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere decreasing and melting more quickly than it used to, and the global sea level rising.

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Items to Consider When Diversifying Your Ag Operation

Find out how diversifying your farm can benefit your bottom line and discover the steps to take when embarking on a new ag venture.

Many farmers look to diversification when searching for ways to boost their revenue and/or continue to remain economically viable, especially those who are engaged in only one enterprise. Diversification can provide farmers not only a higher earning potential, but also reduce risks, such as low crop production.

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Spice Up Your Holiday Cranberries

Supporting Our Cranberry Farmers and the Nutritious Fruit is a Perfect New Year’s Dessert

Nothing makes the holiday season as memorable as delicious foods and sweets. What do you plan to bring to the New Year’s table this year? With the sales of cranberries on the rise, preparing a cranberry sauce as a New Year’s dessert might be just what you need to create that memorable tasting. Cranberries are a staple around the table at Christmas, but the vitamin-rich, tasty treat is so good, you can bring back the dish at New Years and add a special ingredient to leave your guests in awe.Read More

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The Future of Hydroponics

Hydroponics is Shaping the New Way of Indoor Farming

The activity of indoor farming through hydroponics – growing plants without soil, instead using a nutrient-rich solution to deliver water and minerals to their roots – is a unique way to help produce enough food to sustain a growing population. This way of farming has been around since the 1930s, and the thinking behind it was simply to control the environmental factors that plants face outside to produce a greater output of crops. Hyrdoponics is a subset of hyrdroculture for growing plants without soil.Read More

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The History Behind the Poinsettia Plant

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day

And Learn about this beautiful plant that is closely associated with the holiday season

With National Poinsettia Day taking place on December 12 and poinsettias often considered the official plant of Christmas, this month is the perfect time to learn more about the history of poinsettias.Read More

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Oregon State Agriculture Continues to Prosper

Take a look at Oregon’s top agricultural commodities

Home to 34,200 farms and more than 16 million acres of farmland, Oregon has a diverse agricultural industry. With over 250 commodities grown across the state, second to California in the number of agricultural commodities produced, the agricultural industry is highly profitable and a major economic driver. The state’s annual agricultural production is valued at $3.5 billion, and nearly 10 percent of Oregon’s economy is related to agriculture. Additionally, approximately one in 12 Oregon jobs are tied to the agriculture industry (that’s a total of 140,000 jobs), and about 60,000 of those jobs are on farms.Read More

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Sweet Potato and Potato Crops Are Top U.S. Agricultural Commodities

Learn more about the agriculture statistics of the nation’s booming spud industry

Potatoes and sweet potatoes are enjoyed by many Americans across the nation, no matter the time of year. As popular ingredients in many recipes, potatoes and sweet potatoes are often found on tables during the holiday season in dishes like sunshine sweet potatoes and stuffed red potatoes with caramelized onions.Read More

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