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Ag Water, Soil Amendments, Exemption Conditions Top List of FSMA Concerns

New federal regulations will likely bring big changes in how food is grown, harvested, packed, and processed in the U.S.; small farms and local and regional food systems will feel it too. The Food Safety Modernization Act, ...

Nick Andrews, Lauren Gwin | Jul 2013 | Article

Headwaters Farm Incubator Program: Cultivating the Next Generation of Farm Stewards

We’ve all heard the stats: Oregon’s farmers average 57.5 years old; only a quarter of Oregon’s primary farm operators are under the age of 50; up to half the nation’s farmland is expected to change hands over the ...

Rowan Steele | Jul 2013 | Article

Headwaters Incubator Program - Cultivating Farms and Future Stewards No Small Task

Launching a farm business is no small task. Even skilled growers who embody the creative, rugged, jack-of-all-trades image must be able to apply sound business practices, establish and maintain robust farm networks, navigate complex...

Rowan Steele | Apr 2018 | Article

Reflecting on a First-Year Farm Incubator

Much went right this inaugural season for the Headwaters Incubator Program (HIP), beginning with the five new farm businesses and future stewards being cultivated at Headwaters Farm. These farms were able to successfully grow ...

Rowan Steele | Dec 2013 | Article

Estimating Nitrogen Contribution from Cover Crops on Organic Vegetable and Cane Berry Farms

The main objective of this project was to compare on-farm measurement techniques for estimating N-contributions from cover crops using 1) separated species lab tests (a standard experimental method), 2) bulked species lab tests, 3) fresh weight, 4) dry weight and 5) canopy height and density. We also recorded relative weed biomass in different cover treatments. After the project started, collaborating growers said they were interested in predicting available N from cover crops. We used a mineralization model to compare the ability to predict plant-available nitrogen (PAN) from bulked species and separated species sampling methods.

Nick Andrews, Garry Stephenson | Apr 2018 | Fact Sheet

Abiotic Injury to Forest Trees in Oregon

Describes abiotic injuries caused by weather, soil, and human behavior. Provides basic information on how to understand abiotic injures, presents common examples of abiotic injury, and discusses management control practices.

May 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

What Can I Do with My Small Farm? Selecting an Enterprise for Small Acreages

Covers the many factors involved in making decisions related to the use of small-farm property. Discusses the small farm as a hobby, an agricultural tax deferral, and a family income. Explains how to match crop choices to the...

Heather Stoven, Garry Stephenson, Maud Powell, Lauren Gwin, Amy Garrett, Melissa Fery, Chip Bubl | Mar 2016 | OSU Extension Catalog

How true is the Fox News story about dying trees in Lane County?

Q: Drought was stated as what caused the trees' death, only dying pine trees were pictured. No mention of the boring insects that kill pine trees, was that omission intentional? No pictures of dying deciduous trees either. I ...

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