Oregon ranks eighth in the nation for certified organic farms according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A recently released survey is showing expanded growth and an international interest in organic exports.

Photo courtesy Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

When school breaks for the summer, it can mean children living in lower-income households won't be receiving lunches they normally would at school. Organizations across the state are preparing to serve around two million meals during the summer.

More than 130 sponsors including the YMCA and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon are ready to provide nutritious lunches and in some cases learning activities for kids when school is out. Annie Kirschner is a spokeswoman for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. She says the food costs for the programs are reimbursed by the USDA.

Oregon officials are visiting the Dominican Republic and Panama as part of a trade delegation this week.

There are two industries interested in Latin American market expansion; Christmas trees and potato farming. The trade mission is being led by the US Department of Agriculture. ODA Trade Manager Julia Turner says Asia is still Oregon's top export priority, but reaching out to other markets is important as well.

Federal Agency Helps Rural Communities Prosper

Dec 4, 2013

Vicki Walker may be a city girl from Eugene.  But her current job calls on her to help Oregon's rural communities prosper.  Since 2009, Walker has been the U.S. Department of Agriculture's State Director for Rural Development.  In an audio report, Walker explains her agency's role.

Cozmic Pizza to Air Documentary "Wild Things"

Nov 4, 2013

The documentary “Wild Things” will be shown free at Cozmic in Eugene tonight. 

The film is about progressive ranchers coexisting with wolves and other predators. It also focuses on

Wildlife Services, a branch of the Department of Agriculture. The agency has come under fire in recent years for the traps it uses to destroy and disperse animals considered to be a threat to agriculture, the public and the environment. John Mellgren, a staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center, says the traps don’t always get the targeted animals.