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Barley setting new flavor trends for beer

November 29, 2017 --

Barley no longer an afterthought in beer flavor

by Lynn Ketchum

Oregon State Extension Services

Barley has always played second fiddle to hops and yeast when it comes to flavoring beer. Now the grain is ready for its solo.

In two studies published this week in the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, a research team led by Oregon State University found notable differences in the taste of beers malted from barley varieties reputed to have flavor qualities.

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Growing cranberries in Oregon

November 27, 2017 --

Oregon cranberry industry grows with the times

Oregon Department of Agriculture 

Growing cranberries on Oregon’s south coast is a challenge– not because it can’t be done or done well, but due to competition with states that have larger production and lower costs. Nonetheless, Oregon remains fourth in the nation in cranberry production and its growers are tapping the marketplace with new, innovative products that can differentiate what they produce from their counterparts in other states.

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Bipartisan effort over algal bloom

November 22, 2017 --

Bonamici, Kaptur, Joyce Introduce Ocean and Lake Health Legislation

Bipartisan effort improves harmful algal bloom response

Representatives Suzanne Bonamici

Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and David Joyce (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to better prepare for, mitigate, and respond to harmful algal blooms, especially in coastal communities and the Great Lakes region. In a harmful algal bloom event, algae grow rapidly and release dangerous toxins that end up in shellfish, fish, marine mammals, and birds. This threatens fisheries, drinking water, human health, local economies, and aquatic ecosystems.

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What is the best firewood?

November 20, 2017 --

Buying local is always the best choice for firewood

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Simply put, firewood is a great vehicle for invasive species to slip into the state. As winter approaches, consumers may be in the market for something to put into the fireplace. The same advice used for firewood in campgrounds holds true for firewood used in homes– buy it where you burn it. Oregon’s nearly five-year old firewood law is beginning to make a difference for those who buy it and those who sell it.

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Thanksgiving turkey trivia

November 17, 2017 --

Time for Turkey Trivia

By Cyndie Shearing

American Farm Bureau

Looking for some interesting, lesser-known facts related to Thanksgiving? Check out the turkey trivia below.

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Women in agriculture: We can do it!

November 15, 2017 --

Regional conference focuses on women in agriculture

Oregon Department of Agriculture

“We can do it!” is the theme of an upcoming regional conference of women in agriculture. Oregon is one of the states able to show that it’s being done when it comes to successful women connected to one of the state’s leading industries.

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Breaking records

November 13, 2017 --

Timber Industry Report
By Rick Sohn, PhD
Coquille Lumber

Extreme weather is credited with a near-term reduction of new homes, but otherwise statistics remain quite strong, with a 12-year October record for studs and a seasonal record for logs. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared.

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New program supporting veterans in agriculture

November 10, 2017 --

Secretary Perdue Launches Veteran Resources at USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the launch of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resources to provide comprehensive and timely support to veterans interested in opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness, and in rural America. The resources include a new website and a USDA-wide AgLearn curriculum to allow all employees to understand the unique opportunities offered to our nation’s veterans.

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Cascade-Siskiyou lawsuit remains on hold until Dec. 1

November 8, 2017 --

Counties, timber group want to resume Cascade-Siskiyou litigation

Oregonians for Food and Shelter

Timber and county groups want to re-activate litigation over the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, but for now lawsuits remain on hold until Dec. 1.

Groups representing Oregon counties and timber companies want to resume litigation against the federal government’s expansion of the Cascade-Sisikiyou National Monument.

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Oregon Congressman applauds passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

November 6, 2017 --

Greg Walden applauds passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

Helps advance forest management reform through House for fifth year in a row

Congressman Greg Walden

For the fifth time in five years, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) voted to pass legislation to improve federal forest management and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires that ravage Oregon and much of the West every year. The Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936), which Walden helped craft, addresses the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfire that scorched over 678,000 acres of land across Oregon this year.

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