agriculture

Agriculture
6:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

As Red Delicious declines, growers make bets on the next ‘hit’ apple

Rob McCormick picks a Red Delicious apple from a tree in his orchard.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

Maybe you remember those glossy Red Delicious Washington apples they served in your grade school cafeteria. Well, Washington growers are expecting a record crop of apples this year, but not of Red Delicious. Most American consumers have moved on and growers are doing their best to keep up.

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Agriculture
9:52 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Oregon Farmers More Likely To Sell Directly To Consumers

A new study shows Oregon farmers are more likely to sell product directly to consumers compared to other states. The Census of Agriculture says Oregon ranks 6th in the nation with more than 6,000 farms reporting direct-to-consumer sales. State Board of Agriculture member Barbara Boyer isn't surprised by the findings.

Food & Farms
11:42 am
Mon March 31, 2014

"That's My Farmer" Event Links Food And Community

Credit lanefood.org

On Tuesday, residents can get to know Eugene area farmers and help those in need get access to healthy food. The 15th annual "That's My Farmer" event showcases local community shared agriculture programs.

John Pitney was a farm kid with a passion for food and people. When he moved to Eugene to be a minister at First United Methodist, he formed a group to link farmers and the community.

Pitney: "One of the things that was a natural component of the organizing from the very beginning was that we would encourage donations at the door and create a low-income fund."

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biofuels
7:47 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Boosting Biofuel Crops With Super Forecasts

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists outside of Pendleton, Oregon are using high-tech cameras, sensors, aircraft and satellites to more accurately predict crop yields and increase the cost-effectiveness of biofuels. Dan Long holds the small aircraft equipped with cameras, while John Sulik holds the controls.
Credit Anna King

Northwest farmers are trying to get into the business of biofuels. They know the jets of the future may run on oil from crops like canola seeds. But that’s far from commercially viable. One of the challenges is getting the most out of the crops that can be turned into biofuels. Now, agricultural researchers are studying how drone-like aircraft and even satellites can help make more accurate forecasts than ever.

John Sulik plugs in the batteries to his remote-control helicopter. It’s about the size of a car tire.

Anna King: "That’s it? It look’s like a daddy long legs."

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Climate Change
7:41 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Symptoms Of Climate Change Part I: How Farmworkers Experience A Warming Climate

Farmworker Victor Gonzales
Credit Courtney Flatt

If you work outdoors in the summertime, you’d better learn to take the heat. That’s true for people who repair roads, landscape yards, or build houses. Too much exertion and not enough shade or water, and you could get sick. In the first installment of our series, ‘Symptoms of Climate Change,’ EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt finds out how the increasingly hot sun is affecting people who make their living by harvesting our crops.

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