Oregon Small Farm News

Oregon Small Farm News is a free online newsletter that concentrates on both commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces organic/biological and conventional farming systems and emphasizes three areas:

  • Small Acreage Stewardship - Addressing enterprises, land management and soil and water quality for non-commercial small acreage's.
  • Commercial Small Farms - Entrepreneurial Agriculture Addressing high value horticulture, livestock and poultry, and alternative crop production emphasizing organic and pasture-based systems and specialty and niche production.
  • Community Food Systems - Address alternative and specialty marketing through creation and enhancement of local and regional food systems and farm direct marketing channels.
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Vol. XIII No. 3 Summer 2018

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Dry Farming Project Continues to Expand! A Dim Light Ignited a Century Ago: The Invention of Vegetable Grafting. SARE Fellows Visit Oregon! Oregon Farm Direct. Nutrition Program (FDNP) 2018 Info for Farmers. How to Starve Animals with a Full Stomach. What’s Fresh and When?: A Seafood Guide. Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Calendar Photos

Vol. XIII No. 2 Spring 2018

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Using Coyotes to Protect Livestock. Wait. What?; Japanese Agricultural Innovation Stories; Take Action RIGHT NOW to Manage Tansy Ragwort; CSA Marketing: Three Tips for Increasing Membership; Results of 2017 WSU-Mount Vernon Grain Pea Trial; Food Roots in Tillamook Opens Local Food Storefront

Vol. XIII No. 1 Winter 2018

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Economic Impact of Local Food Producers in Central OregonWestern Washington and Oregon Pasture Management Calendar Debuts Update on the Produce Safety Rule From Oregon Department of AgricultureHeadwaters Incubator Program – Cultivating Farms and Future Stewards No Small TaskConnecting the Dots between Farm Succession and Land Preservation
Apple Orchard Diversity: Every Weather Event Selects for Resilience

Vol. XII No. 4 Fall 2017

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Shop At The Dock. Introduction to Community Food System Indicators. The Biggest Biosecurity Bangs For Your Bucks. OSU Supports DACA. Results of Union & Baker County Community Food Assessment now available and new projects underway

Vol. XII No. 3 Summer 2017

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Agritourism Resources Available to Support Oregon Farmers and Ranchers. Changing Lands, Changing Hands: Report From The National Conference. Japanese Beetle: A Pest to Watch for in Oregon. Lessons Learned in Local Meat Processing: the Livestock Producers Cooperative Association. Veggie Rx in Oregon. Reduce Weeds by Friending Grasses. New Food Campus in Portland Provides Local Producers With New Opportunities. Oregon Pasture Network. USDA Economic Research Service Issues Report Land Use, Land Cover, and Pollinator Health: A Review and Trend Analysis. CleBer LLC Introduces a Versatile New Tractor That is Not Just For Cultivation. Report on Farmer Transition to Organic: Breaking New Ground: Farmer Perspectives on Organic Transition

Vol. XII No. 2 Spring 2017

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Taking the Research on the Road: The Future of Oregon’s Farmland. Dry Farming Collaborative: Innovating and adapting to a changing climate. Food Hubs and Wholesale Market Development. Research on Essential Oils to Control Snails and Slugs. Small Farms and a Regional Food Bank Grow Community Food Security. New Report on Farmer Transition to Organic: Breaking New Ground: Farmer Perspective on Organic Transition. Protect Oregon’s Brassica Crops: ODA’s black leg rules aim to control an outbreak. Local Food Production and Sales Increase in the Rogue Valley. How Has Cannabis Legalization Affected Small Farms so Far? Reflections of a SARE Fellow. D.I.Y Farm Tools and Equipment. GROW Healthy Kids and Communities - Reporting Back After 5 Years in Communities

Vol. XII No. 1 Winter 2017

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Organic Farming Gets a Boost from New Partnership Between Oregon State University and Oregon Tilth with Launch of Organic Extension Program, Breaking Down Beef with Retail Butchers and a Small Meat Processor, OSU Central Analytical Laboratory, Best Milking Practices for Small-Scale Dairies, Oregon Community Food Systems Network Seeks New Partners, Small Plant Operators Meet with USDA Officials at Gunthorp Farm, Oregon Organic Coalition Bestows Awards for Excellence on Nine Oregon Individuals and Companies

Vol. XI No. 4 Fall 2016

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Re-visiting Conway Family Farm -- Camas, WA. Land Access, Land Succession, and Oregon Agriculture: New research underlines challenges and opportunities. Oregon Community Food Systems Network Launches Website. Dry Farming Oregon. NMPAN's Beginner's Guide to Local Meat Processing. FSMA Updates: Farm Direct & More. Organic Farmer Fights for a Sustainable Future

Vol. XI No. 3 Summer 2016

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New Meat Processing Options in Eastern Oregon. Innovations Help Vegetable Growers Find That Cover Crop Niche. Eastern Oregon Community Food Systems Gathering. Oregon Farm Link Launches. Animal Welfare: A Complex Concept. Food Preservation Classes Feature Locally Grown Produce. Double Up Food Bucks Launches to Provide More Fresh, Locally Grown Produce to Low-Income Oregonians

Vol. XI No. 2 Spring 2016

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The OSU Small Farms Conference: 16 Years & Breaking Records. USFDA issues RFC in FR re BSAAO for FSMA PR. Farmers Share Their Farm to School Experiences. Growing Resilience: Water Management Workshop Series. New Technology Available for CSA Farmers Funded by Western SARE. National Animal Health Monitoring System and the 5 Q's. Plant in a Box: A Solution for USDA-Inspected Poultry Processing? Local Foods and Farm Business Survival and Growth. Food Summit Helps to Connect the Mid-Valley. Scientists Urge New Model for Soil Carbon. Brietenbush Farmer to Farmer: Ahas and Uh-oh! Field to Fork: An Agricultural Field Day. Poultry Feed Trials at Berggren Demonstration Farm

Vol. XI No. 1 Winter 2016

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USDA Does Switcheroo with Grass Fed Label Standard. Want to Identify Crop Specific Costs of Production for Your Farm? Join the 2016 Cost Study Project and Make it Happen! Northwest Farm Credit’s New Programs for Beginning Farmers. Croptime: Scheduling Vegetables with Degree-Day Models. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) in Oregon. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) What Is It? Jackson County’s Ban on Genetically Engineered Crops Will Stand. Finger Lakes Meat Project: Bringing Back the Meat Locker. Using Sacrifice Areas to Protect Pastures. What Do You Need to Know About FDA’s New FSMA rules? It’s Just around the Corner: The next Living on a Few Acres Conference. Farmer, Entrepreneur, Soil Scientist, Mechanic, Vet…That’s you!