Economic Impact of Oregon Farmers Markets Continues Growth

After the USDA released impressive new statistics last week demonstrating a nearly 10 percent increase in national farmers markets, the Oregonian digs into what the numbers mean for Oregon. Unsurprisingly, we are a national leader in local consumers supporting local produce, and the impact is growing.

Oregon Fruit Crops See Big Year in 2011

New statistics released by the federal government demonstrate what Oregonians already know: when it comes to the ripe fruits of summer, there's nowhere better to be than Oregon. And 2011 was an especially good year for Oregon fruit growers.

Oregon Farms See Record Sales in 2011

An unprecendented year in Oregon farming, ranching and fisheries gives the entire state reason to celebrate. 34 of 36 counties saw growth in farm sales, as the state's producers hit a record $5.2 billion in sales. More remarkably, 31 Oregon counties saw double-digit growth in agricultural sales. Once again, the Oregon agricultural industry proves its contributions to the Oregon economy can't be doubted, and shouldn't be compromised.

The Livability List: Social Media Highlights, March 27-April 3

In this world of constant communication, it's hard to keep up with all the news in planning, land use, and agriculture. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. In case you don't follow us, though, we're happy to introduce this feature, highlighting some interesting recent posts.

1000 Friends Releases New Face of Farming Report and Videos

In 2011, we traveled the state listening to farmers and ranchers discuss how Oregon's land use planning program can continue supporting today's changing agricultural practices. We called this project the New Face of Farming initiative.

Assessing the Long-Term Value of Oregon Farmland

Craig Beebe

A study released this week by the Oregon Department of Agriculture explores the long-range, multifacted value of farmland in the state, which transcends the short-term profits that result from developing such lands.

Court of Appeals Reaffirms Balanced Approach for McMinnville UGB Expansion

This week, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a ruling that clearly reaffirms a balanced approach toward protecting vital Yamhill County farmlands while allowing for appropriate growth for the City of McMinnville. The Court reversed the Land Conservation and Development Commission's previous approval of a McMinnville's proposed urban growth boundary expansion (UGB), which included over 800 acres of top-quality farmland.

A Visit to Zenger Farm: Reflections from Our Summer Intern

Nathaniel Berger, Duke Intern

One of our Summer Interns, Nathaniel Berger, recently paid a visit to Zenger Farm, in Southeast Portland, where he participated in a volunteer project and learned about urban agriculture. Nathaniel hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is a rising Junior at Duke University.

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