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Fearful Farmers Rush To Find 'Guest Workers'

NPR | March 22, 2017 3:41 p.m.

Immigration lawyers are getting a wave of calls from farmers looking for foreign "guest workers." The farmers are worried that they'll lose their existing workers to an immigration crackdown.

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Southwest Oregon Pear, Grape Growers Welcome Wet Winter

Medford Mail Tribune | March 14, 2017 12:42 p.m.

Medford already has exceeded the annual average precipitation total with 21.04 inches since Oct. 1, when the water year began, and is 8.31 inches above the normal count for this time of year.

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Oregon, Idaho Onion Industry Rebuilds Following Winter Damage

Capital Press | March 11, 2017 3:22 p.m. | Nyssa, Oregon

The region’s vibrant onion industry is rushing to rebuild their storage and packing facilities after 4 feet of snow and ice crushed the buildings and destroyed the onions and equipment inside.

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Eastern Oregon Wolf Recovery Enters Next Phase

OPB/EarthFix | March 7, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Eastern Oregon wolves have hit a recovery milestone — mixed news if you're a wolf.

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Northwest Wine Grape Scientists And Growers Study Weather Extremes

Northwest News Network | March 3, 2017 7:11 p.m.

Wine scientists and grape growers will converge in the Tri-Cities, Washington, next week to talk about how to produce high-quality wine when the climate is getting more extreme.

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US Approves 3 Types Of Genetically Engineered Potatoes

AP | March 1, 2017 8:03 a.m. | Boise

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced.

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Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 10 a.m.

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Oregon Farm Regulators May Scale Back Federal Inspections

Capital Press | Feb. 22, 2017 8:18 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Agriculture performs 500 inspections a year to ensure food manufacturers are following federal sanitation standards and other regulations, for which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pays the agency $700,000.

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Oregon Sees Major Hazelnut Harvest Increase In 2016

Capital Press | Feb. 2, 2017 12:32 p.m.

Oregon saw a major upswing in hazelnut production in 2016, with growers harvesting 40 percent more nuts than the previous year.

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Crop-Eating Mold Can Take Hold Of Northwest Wheat After 100 Days Of Snow

Northwest News Network | Feb. 1, 2017 6:15 p.m.

During winter's coldest months, snow can protect winter wheat like a blanket on a bed. But if it hangs around too long it can cause problems.

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