farming

Dairy Farming
6:28 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Robot Milkers Bring New Future to Washington Dairy Farmers

Startled because she sees a camera pointing at her, a cow hesitates to walk into a robotic milking station at Bouma Farms in Lynden. Usually, the cows are eager to milk because they get a special grain treat from the robot.
Credit Sarah Eden Wallace

Washington dairy farmers are beginning to use new technology that is transforming how time is spent on the farm. It's also helping provide much needed support for the next generation of small family farms.

Alan Mesman’s family has been farming for six generations near La Conner. So he knows first hand how hard dairying can be.

“Usually between 5:30 and 6 we start. In the summertime, I mean, you can be going from 5 in the morning til 10 at night.”

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Agriculture
4:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Farmers Recover After Cold Winter Weather

Lane County Farmer's Market
Credit Amanda Butt

Vendors at the Lane County Farmer’s Market say their crops are recovering after the snow and below zero temperatures that hit their fields this winter.

Booths are filled with kale, carrots, and potatoes at the Lane County Farmer’s Market. It’s hard to see that farmers suffered any losses after the winter’s harsh and unusual weather. But the farmers behind the tables and baskets of produce say the cold conditions came with a price.

Richardson: “We had some issues. The cold was harsh on us.”

Says Jack Richardson, the manager of Organic Redneck farm.

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Oregon Farming
9:05 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Converting Grass Seed To Grain In The Willamette Valley

Greenwillow Grains worker preps grain for bagging.
Credit Greenwillow Grains

When grass seed prices crashed in 2008, a group of Willamette Valley farmers decided to switch part of their production to food crops.  Now, not only are their results successful, but they may be laying the foundation for a different kind of food economy in Oregon.

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