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The FISH Food Bank Garden is in need of items to assist with growing of nutritious vegetables for FISH Food Bank clients this summer:

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National FFA Week is Feb. 22-29. Chapters around the country are making plans to celebrate in their own creative ways. The Hood River  Valley FFA Chapter has an impressive roster of FFA Week festivities. FFA Week is an opportunity to introduce our school and community to  FFA. 

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Community members  interested in learning more about garden-related topics are invited to attend the next Oregon State University Extension Service Central Gorge Master Gardener training program community class, held Feb. 26 from 6-9 p.m. at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Cre…

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Rogue Farm Corps and co-sponsor BMCC Small Business Development Center hosts “Changing Hands: A Workshop on Farm Transfer and Access to Land” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blue Mt. Community College, Pendleton campus, Morrow building, rooms M7-M8.

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In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service has implemented a new statewide fire program to facilitate forest and range management plans for reducing fire risk.  The program will also promote increased understanding of fire risk and methods for managi…

The federal grazing fee for 2020 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. The 2019 public land grazing fees were also $1.35.

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All community members  interested in learning more about garden related topics are invited to attend six classes that are a part of the 2020 Oregon State University Extension Service Central Gorge Master Gardener training program.

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Megan Wickersham began her new position as education program assistant for Hood River County Extension and coordinator of its Master Gardeners Program on Nov. 25. She has an insider’s perspective, having been through the Master Gardener program herself — twice.

 On Saturday, Jan. 25, the 2020 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii a unique opportunity to gather in three different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other…

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement Jan. 23 applauding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for providing a new definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

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Hood River Saddle Club extends an invitation to folks throughout the Gorge to join them on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and meet Dr. Kayla Shepherd, DVM, who will be the guest speaker at that evening’s club meeting.Shepherd will present information on proper equine nutrition, which is the foundation for …

Amanda Hoey, executive director of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has been named the next chief executive officer (CEO) for the Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League.

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The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District has $100,000 in grant funding available from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and is now accepting applications from landowners for projects that improve watershed health.

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Recent cool temperatures and precipitation have brought an end to the 2019 fire season for Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District. At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, fire season was officially terminated, according to an ODF press release.

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Northwest pear growers have released their latest crop estimate for the 2019-20 season. The estimate is based on data reported from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts.

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Better ways to combat invasive weeds, developing planning tools to sequester carbon in forests, creating pollinator habitat on irrigation pipeline corridors — these are just a few applications that will come to fruition in the coming years because of funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Con…

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Canada thistle is a widespread invasive weed that’s a common problem in cultivated fields and pastures. It’s a perennial plant that spreads both by seed and by creeping horizontal roots (called rhizomes). This weed is very difficult to kill.

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Fair results, Artistic Design:  FloralAdultClass 1, Ferris Wheel Creative Design: Norma Curtis, First; Jackie Shaw, SecondClass 2, Boat Ride Showing Water: Margaret Taylor, First; Jackie Shaw, Second; Judith Wols, Second; Pam Regentin, ThirdClass 3, Roller Coaster Stretch Design: Norma Curti…

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As of Aug. 7, the Oregon Department of Forestry is increasing fire prevention measures for public use of equipment and raising the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to a Level 3 in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

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HorticultureAdult horticulture entry, Jackie Shaw (Sponsor: Rarity Gardens)Best Show of Horticultural, Norma Curtis (Odell Garden Club)Artistic DesignUsing Fruits and Vegetables, Michelle Kinoshita (Sponsor: Women for Agriculture)Junior Floral Arrangement, Michelle Kinoshita (Tammy’s Floral)…

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Have you noticed the new crop identification signs displayed around the valley?  Members of Oregon Women for Agriculture have been placing the signs along roadways and train tracks to help inform the public about what crops they are passing.

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June and July are busy times of the year for the Hood River County 4-H program. Members are preparing exhibits for county fair in July. Static exhibits in the Summit Building at the Hood River County Fairgrounds show off skills in art, foods, textiles, photography, gardening and other creati…

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As summer harvest begins and the temperature climbs, the Oregon Farm Bureau Health & Safety Committee wants to alert farmers and ranchers who are employers about a requirement from the Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) that’s designed to protect workers from h…

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Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) sounds lovely — but it is not. This very invasive deciduous tree has spread vigorously along waterways, roadways and agricultural areas, said a press release.

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The Hood River Farmers Market opens Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fifth and Columbia streets parking lot across from Full Sail Brewing. Market shoppers can enjoy free parking beside the market on the west side of the parking lot, anywhere west of Seventh Street or on Wasco Street.

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Oregon State University Master Gardener volunteer and local orchardist Cindy Collins will offer a free program, “The Basics of Pruning,” on Thursday, March 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hood River Fire Department/EMS building, 1785 Meyer Parkway.

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