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Top Ten Things I Learned Buying a Small Farm

Most recently, my husband and I purchased a small farm in southern Oregon-ten acres in the Applegate Valley, a mixture of pasture, woodland, hills and weeds. We were delighted when we went into escrow and could not wait to be on the land mapping out our ideas and dreams. We did not expect the process to take six months and turn into an arduous and exhausting real ...

Melissa Matthewson | Dec 2007 | Article

Why do I need water rights for irrigation?

Many landowners are unaware that a legal right is needed to use surface water and groundwater for irrigation purposes.

Melissa Fery | Apr 2018 | Article

Range improvements: tools and methods to improve cattle distribution

Uneven grazing distribution patterns on rangeland can lead to overuse of forage in some areas and no use or waste of herbage in areas not visited by cattle. Range improvements affecting more even distribution of grazing utilization can increase pasture carrying capacity and allow stocking for extended periods. This article describes several science-based options for improving cattle grazing distribution in extensive rangeland pastures.

David Ganskopp | Jan 2019 | Article