ODA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Proposals

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is now accepting project ideas for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding for 2022. Approximately $1.5 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for-profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. Funding for Oregon’s program is contingent upon federal funding for the […]

Razor Clam Harvesting Closed In Southern Oregon

On Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure of the south coast for all razor clam harvesting. Razor clam harvesting is now closed from Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the California border because the marine biotoxin domoic acid is above the closure limit. […]

ODA Looking For Volunteers To Join the Hemp Commission

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is looking for volunteers to become temporary commissioners for the new state hemp Commission. ODA said the seven positions will be made up of: 5 growers/producers 1 processor/first purchaser, and 1 public member. The ODA notes those on the Commission will set the assessment rate and determine the methods for […]

Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Oregon Ag, Food Production Industries Asked To Participate In Marketing Survey

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has launched a survey to gauge needs as well as interests in the food, beverage and agriculture industry. ODA Market access director, Jess Paulson, said the survey targets anyone engaged in not only in production, buy product distribution as well. “We’re looking at nursery, grass seed, and farmers who are […]

Razor Clam Harvesting Area Expanded in Oregon

On Friday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that another section of the coast has been opened for razor clam harvesting. Razor clamming is now open from Tillamook Head, south of Seaside, to the California border. Recent shellfish samples taken from the area indicate that levels of […]

ODA Reports Jump In West Nile Virus Cases In Horses

The Oregon Department of Agriculture said over the past two weeks, they have received six confirmed reports of West Nile Virus in horses, with another suspected case under investigation. The cases are spread out across the state, in Umatilla, Malheur, and Klamath counties. ODA says none of the infected horses were recently vaccinated against West […]

ODA Accepting Applications For Board Openings

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications to fill one producer and one public member board position on the state Board of Agriculture. Current board members Stephanie Hallock and Tyson Raymond have both served two four-year terms and are not eligible for re-appointment. Term lengths on open positions are as follows. Producer position […]

ODA Looking To Fill Two Vacant State Board of Ag Positions

Earlier this week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced it is looking to fill two producer positions on the state board of Agriculture. Both positions are partial terms. One runs through the end of October 2022, while the other runs through mid-September 2023. Applicants must be actively engaged in the production of agricultural commodities. Applications […]

Free Face Masks Available To Oregon Ag Community

To help the front lines of the Oregon Ag community, the state Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension have announced a partnership to distribute face covers around the state. The KN95 masks are available to farmworkers, ranchers, farmers, fishers, food processors and other farm contractors to protect essential workers. ODA and OSU have […]