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Farmers and ranchers throughout Oregon can compete for federal Value Added Producer Grants (VAPGs) by preparing an application for submission to the USDA by or before July 30. The OSU Food Innovation Center has developed an online source of help for applicants called the “Grant Application Tool Kit,” at http://fic.oregonstate.edu which features guidelines, proposal templates, samples of previously funded proposals.
A new analysis by Oregon State University economist, William Jaeger, suggests that most of the irrigated lands in the upper Klamath Basin are highly productive, and would continue to be profitable to irrigate even with higher energy prices. However, farming on some of the land that currently is sprinkler-irrigated might become unprofitable if energy prices rise.
“Fizzy Fruit,” a carbonated fruit should be commercialized soon, thanks, in part to work done by Oregon State University researchers at the Oregon Food Innovation Center in Portland.