Entries by Angie Smith

Chris McDowell: Starts seed business with her daughters

Chris McDowell’s long history in the grass seed industry has taught her and her two daughters that Oregon is fertile ground for more women in agriculture. McDowell has been a part of the mid-Willamette Valley’s grass seed production operations for nearly 40 years, she said, while daughter Marissa Donahue transitioned from production into turf grass […]

Consumer demand overwhelms vegetable seed producers

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press Jun 3, 2020 The panicked rush to buy vegetable seeds in the wake of this year’s coronavirus pandemic is something that farmer Frank Morton has seen before. Previously, the surge in demand was spurred by the Great Recession over a decade ago, and before that, by fears of the Y2K […]

Container service returning to Portland, Oregon

SM Line will start calling the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 on a weekly basis in January. Farmers and other shippers in Oregon got some good news this week when the South Korea-based container carrier SM Line announced it will bring weekly container shipping service back to Portland early next year. The service “will create more jobs […]

Grass seed moves to #4 in Oregon commodities

Greenhouse, nursery products top Oregon’s ag products Followed by cattle and calves, hay and grass seed SALEM, Ore. – Greenhouse and nursery products remain Oregon’s leading agricultural commodity, with an annual value of nearly $1 billion, based on data collected by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Sources include USDA National agricultural Statistic Service (NASS), Oregon State […]

Weaver Seed Receives 2019 Leadership Award

Weaver Seed of Oregon was chosen to receive the 2019 Leadership Award at the Celebrate Trade event in Portland. The Celebrate Trade event is the “Oregon International Business Awards and Consular Corps Scholarship Gala” held during Oregon’s World Trade Week to help build the next generation of leaders. See this video clip on the work […]

Northwest agriculture: You’re not in Kansas

By Brad Carlson, Capital Press May 16, 2019 A drive through Oregon’s Willamette Valley will quickly convince any Midwesterner that agriculture in the Pacific Northwest is far different from the Corn Belt. Rows of hazelnut trees line up next to fields of Christmas trees, and grass seed fields are surrounded by blueberries — more than […]

Harper: When the farm calls you home

By Tiffany Harper in the Register-Guard, February 27, 2019 Leaving the family farm for more stable and lucrative opportunities is nothing new. As a young farmer, I knew that many people leave the farm to find more promising jobs, but I also had other reasons to question my future in agriculture. Not only was I […]

Canyon Views: From a Field of Weeds to a Field of Dreams

You have all heard of the field of dreams?  Not so very long ago we had a vast field of weeds and grass growing out of a swampy, muddy pool in the center of the play area at Cloverdale Elementary School. This was supposed to be the main game and activity area designated for our students. The potential […]

Rose Bowl Selects Mountain View Seeds as Official Seed Supplier

Changes to the Rose Bowl field include new approach using top-rated Kentucky bluegrass varieties from Mountain View Seeds. After more than a year of on-field trials and testing, Will Schnell, Head Groundskeeper, has selected Mountain View Seeds to be the official seed supplier to the Rose Bowl. Mountain View Seeds will provide the seed used […]

ScottsMiracle-Gro Announces 2016 ‘Pollinator Promise’ Through Its GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

Company to Foster Pollinator-Friendly Habitats Across North America With Community Outreach and Garden Grants MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are nature’s unsung heroes, critical to the sustainability of one-third of the planet’s food supply and the health of millions of flower gardens. In an effort to help combat the […]