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Overall, 2003 gross sales of Oregon agricultural commodities rose significantly over year-earlier levels, but some sectors of Oregon agriculture did not perform as well as others.
Oregon farmers and ranchers generated more than $3.4 billion during 2003 in sales of agricultural commodities, according to a recently completed report produced by the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Researchers at Oregon State University have created purple-fruited tomatoes that include anthocyanins – the same class of health-promoting pigments in red wine that function as antioxidants and are believed to prevent heart disease.
OSU's 22nd annual Art About Agriculture touring exhibition of fine art, Tour 2004, opens to the public on Sunday, February 22 in the Giustina Art Gallery, of OSU's LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. The artists' reception and awards presentation in the lobby of LaSells Stewart Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues in Guistina Art Gallery through the end of March. It will travel to Medford in April, Pendleton in June, The Dalles in July and Oregon City in August through mid September.
Entrepreneurs wanting to start or expand a food-related business can learn about special issues affecting food business enterprises at a short course called "Northwest Food Business 101," scheduled Thursday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center Experiment Station in Portland.
The OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Farmers' Market Association is sponsoring a day-long conference, “Farm Direct Marketing in Oregon: The Niche is Growing.” The conference will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at the Valley River Inn in Eugene. Registration for the farm direct marketing conference is $25 per person or $40 per couple, including refreshments and lunch. Information and registration materials are posted on the WWW at: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/farmdirect/FDM2004_Brochure.pdf. For more information or registration materials call 541-766-6750 or 800-365-0201.
Young people in Oregon 4-H programs experience more positive growth and involvement when they participate as full partners with adults in planning and conducting activities, according to recent research findings at Oregon State University.