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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) ...

Nick Andrews, Garry Stephenson | Apr 2018 | Fact Sheet

Fire FAQs—What is fire severity?

Fire severity is a measure of the effects of fire on the environment—both in damage to vegetation and impacts on the soil. Fire severity is driven by weather conditions, the topography of the landscape, and the fuels that are present. Of these, weather is the overriding factor.

Dan Leavell, Lauren Grand, Stephen Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger | Oct 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Forests and Woodlands: Protecting an Ecosystem

Learn to manage your forested property in ways that protect water quality, maintain soil health, reduce the threat of fire and improve wildlife habitat. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

Max Bennett | Dec 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Managing Organic Debris for Forest Health

This publication outlines the role of forest organic debris in inland Northwest forests. Recommends how to maintain forest soil productivity and improve wildlife habitat while reducing wildfire and insect-pest hazards. Tells how to ...

Mar 2009 | 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