Oregon Tag

Related ATTRA publication: Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees Research by Oregon State University is shedding light on the diversity and habits of native bees, reports the Capital Press. Understanding where bees occur and what plants they interact with can provide farmers with insight about how to support native bee populations, which can lead to improved pollination for farmers, as well as greater biodiversity on farms. Trained volunteers have helped compile the Oregon Bee Atlas, to provide a better understanding of the bee species in the state which flowers they visit. ...

In Portland, Oregon, farmers of color are organizing a network to build support amongst themselves as well as in the broader community, reports the Portland Tribune. One of the group's efforts was a two-day networking fair to connect local Black and brown farmers to potential buyers. Attendees included food buyers from restaurants and community organizations, as well as individuals. Participants in the fair say that it offered an opportunity to meet new buyers and to connect with other farmers of color and benefit from their knowledge....

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) unveiled a new website that serves agricultural producers and small to mid-sized food and beverage companies in Oregon who want to grow and become more successful. The site includes the Oregon Harvests for Schools Program website, which offers a toolkit of resources to help producers get started selling Oregon products in the ODE Farm to Child Nutrition Program, as well as other resources to help agricultural producers market to schools....

Related ATTRA Publication: Meat Plants: Improving Profitability in Small and Very Small Operations Oregon State University Extension Service Small Farms program has been awarded two grants for projects to strengthen the food system by improving the viability of small and mid-size farms and food businesses. The first is a Regional Food Systems Partnerships Program grant that will support work with eight food hubs in Oregon. The second is a $591,951 grant to the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network for "Meat in the Middle," which will create a stronger mid-tier niche meat supply chain through training, business coaching, and peer support. The project...

American Farmland Trust's Women for the Land Initiative launched a new program, Women Veterans for the Land, to offer resources for women veterans in agriculture over the next three years throughout the Pacific Northwest. The project, funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture AgVets program, aims to foster a community of practice among veteran women farmers in Washington and Oregon through a series of listening sessions, learning circles, and regional convenings. The project will support non-formal education to provide veteran women the necessary skills, training, and experience to be successful in agriculture. AFT will offer a combination...

The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced that nearly $2 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants from USDA will be awarded to 15 Oregon projects aimed at helping producers overcome obstacles, making their operations more profitable, and helping them grow, making them more competitive in the marketplace. A list of the funded projects is available online. It includes projects on beekeeping, pest management, Asian herbs, vineyard irrigation, and more....