Rural Economic Development

Stephen Ward

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Growing Malting Barley in and Around the Willamette Valley

Barley is a useful rotation crop that grows well in the Willamette Valley. But the region's craft beers and spirits generally use malting barley shipped from elsewhere. Can growers and brewers capitalize on high-quality, locally produced barley? Learn more about malting barley, study supply chain...

By Betsy Verhoeven, Ryan Graebner | OSU Extension Catalog

Ecotrust is Hosting a Four-State “Ag of the Middle” Business Accelerator Program. Designed for Farmers, Ranchers, and Fishers

— The 2018 cohort kicks off NOVEMBER 7-8th, 2018! Apply online by October 5th — Know a small rancher, farmer, or fishers in far Northern California, Oregon, Washington or Alaska who’d like support...

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Oregon Community Food Systems by the Numbers: Oregon's Farmers Markets

Examines the impact of farmers markets in low-income areas of Oregon with low access to supermarkets. One in a series of fact sheets that monitors trends and changes in various dimensions of the food system.

By Lauren Gwin | OSU Extension Catalog

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Farmers' markets growing in popularity but not all succeed

Jul 23, 2007
Almost half of all new farmers' markets close within, or after, their first year of operation according to a new study from Oregon State University.

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County fairs boost local economies

Aug 8, 2006
A new study finds that county fairs generate local dollars and build social capital.

By Peg Herring | News Story

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