We live in a state that is a melting pot for agriculture. The ideal climate and fertile soil allows us to grow hazelnuts, grapes, timber, and livestock. According to data issued by the USDA, in 2015 Oregon was top 10 in the U.S. for production in multiple categories including: fruits, tree nuts and berries, Christmas trees, vegetables, melons and potatoes, and nursery, greenhouse and floriculture. The data shows the diversity, quality, and quantity of Oregon’s agriculture.
2016 looks like another early year with the bloom a few weeks ahead of normal. Early on we experienced record rainfalls and windstorms across the valley. The weather put a hold on planting and application, but we will have fuller reservoirs and snowpack than last year. We recorded the wettest December and broke records such as “single day precipitation” in some cities. Now we can expect to have dry and warm weather with occasional rainfall. Due to the early bud break and
After a gruesome 6-hour debate, the Oregon senate passed a bill that will increase the minimum wage by geographical sectors. The bill was later signed by Governor Kate Brown and could give Oregon the highest minimum wage in the country by 2022. Over the course of 6 years hourly wages will increase to $14.75 in the Urban Growth area, $13.50 in mid size communities (Region 2), and $12.50 in rural parts of the state (Region 1). Oregon is the first state to have a geographic mi