All About the Dirt

All About the Dirt

Bonanza, Henley, Lost River compete in Southern Oregon District Soils Evaluation contest

A couple of years ago, the softball field at Bonanza Junior-Senior High School had issues with standing water because the field wasn’t draining well.

So Morgan Pitcock and her fellow Bonanza FFA classmates determined why. The soil was clay and therefore held too much water. Last winter, they added sand to the soil and put in a drainage system. It solved the problem.

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Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced final passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes drought relief language to assist Klamath Basin farmers who have been hard-hit by drought in recent years. The language is essential for the irrigators to effectively use $10 million in drought relief funds that the lawmakers secured in 2018.

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Walden Applauds Senate Passage of Klamath Drought Relief in Water Package

Walden Applauds Senate Passage of Klamath Drought Relief in Water Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded the Senate passage of a landmark water package that includes funding he helped secure for drought relief for Klamath Basin irrigators. Walden included a provision in the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation to implement needed drought relief measures for the $181 million dollar agriculture economy in the Klamath Basin. That measure passed the House of Representatives in September with Walden’s support.

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Critical Klamath Project Relief Legislation Passes

Critical Klamath Project Relief Legislation Passes

Klamath Falls, OR – Today [10/10/18], the United States Senate voted 99-1 to pass the America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA), which includes provisions that are vital to Klamath Project water users. The bill (S. 3021) passed in the House of Representatives by unanimous vote on September 13th and now will be sent to the President for his signature.

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Harvest Tour Showcases Klamath Ag

Harvest Tour Showcases Klamath Ag

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) held their 11th Annual Fall Harvest Tour that included stops at; Gone Fishing, Klamath Project FF pumping station, Skyline Brewing, a horseradish field & processing shed, a mint harvest and Wong’s Potatoes.

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House Passes Water Infrastructure Package that Includes Drought Relief for Klamath Farmers [VIDEO]

House Passes Water Infrastructure Package that Includes Drought Relief for Klamath Farmers [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation that secures drought relief measures for Klamath Basin irrigators. Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) included a provision in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021) that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation to implement needed drought relief measures for the agriculture community in the Klamath Basin.

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Walden Secures Drought Relief for Klamath Basin in Upcoming Legislation

Walden Secures Drought Relief for Klamath Basin in Upcoming Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that he has secured drought relief for Klamath Basin irrigators in legislation that the House of Representatives will consider this week.  Walden included a provision in the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation to implement needed drought relief measures for the $181 million dollar agriculture economy in the Klamath Basin.

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Greg Walden secures relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires

Greg Walden secures relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has secured relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers who suffered severe losses after wildfires in Wasco and Sherman counties. In a letter to Representative Walden today, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the agency was authorizing Walden’s request to grant emergency grazing to local ranchers and flexibility for wheat producers whose crop was impacted by the wildfires.

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Merkley, Wyden Secure USDA Relief for Farmers Whose Crops Were Devastated by Wildfires

Merkley, Wyden Secure USDA Relief for Farmers Whose Crops Were Devastated by Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow wheat farmers in Sherman and Wasco counties whose crops were devastated by wildfires to plant cover crops, preserving their land for the next growing season without jeopardizing their crop insurance coverage.

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Forum in Bend to Focus on Cannabis Safety

Forum in Bend to Focus on Cannabis Safety

Deschutes County, Oregon – Cannabis growers and extractors are invited to an unprecedented opportunity to learn from government and business leaders about safety and health in the cannabis industry as part of a two-day event in Bend next month.

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Watts Ranch to be Honored in Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program at Oregon State Fair

Watts Ranch to be Honored in Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program at Oregon State Fair

Salem, OR – At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch.  The 2018 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Oregon State Fair.  The public recognition ceremony and awards celebration will be held in the Picnic Grove Area. Please join us for this special event that celebrates Oregon’s agricultural heritage.

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Day 2 of the Klamath County Fair, All About 'Grit' [VIDEO]

Day 2 of the Klamath County Fair, All About 'Grit' [VIDEO]

The second day of the 2018 Klamath County Fair is all bout the animals. 4H and FFA Students work hard all year just for this day. They purchase the livestock, raise it, feed it, train it, groom it, all for the animal to be its best on show day. 

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Greg Walden Calls for Forest Management Reforms in Farm Bill

Greg Walden Calls for Forest Management Reforms in Farm Bill

MEDFORD, OR -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today spoke in southern Oregon -- where communities have faced unhealthy air quality from surrounding wildfires -- to call for forest management reforms in the upcoming Farm Bill. Walden secured sweeping improvements to federal forest policy in the 2018 Farm Bill that passed the House in June and today urged for those needed changes to be included in the Senate passed version of the legislation. Walden today sent a letter to the lawmakers who will negotiate the differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill, which reads:

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Judge Sides with Defendants in Klamath ESA Litigation

Judge Sides with Defendants in Klamath ESA Litigation

Klamath Falls, OR – Yesterday, a federal district court judge for the northern district of California denied a motion for preliminary injunction brought by the Klamath Tribes. The tribe’s request for preliminary injunction asked for higher lake levels in Upper Klamath Lake until a new ESA consultation is complete for two species of suckers that are listed as endangered. The preliminary injunction would have required an immediate halt to irrigation water deliveries in the Klamath Project.

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Judge Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge William H. Orrick deny's a motion filed by the Klamath Tribes for preliminary injunction to protect sucker fish of Upper Klamath Lake. Orrick also orders a transfer of venue to a Federal Court in Oregon. At this time, it is unclear which Oregon Federal Court will receive the case. 

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US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation [Full Video]

US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation  [Full Video]

The Klamath Tribes sued federal agencies (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service) alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act and seeking the imposition of “immediate, emergency measures” to protect two endangered sucker fish species in the Upper Klamath Lake.  

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Judge Does not Rule, Farmers and Ranchers Continue to Irrigate

Judge Does not Rule, Farmers and Ranchers Continue to Irrigate

This morning, Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Klamath Tribes against the Bureau of Reclamation, seeking a preliminary injunction that would require immediate shut-off of Klamath Project water deliveries.

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20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

Klamath Falls, Ore. — A coalition of California and Oregon conservation and agricultural groups – including the Family Farm Alliance - today sent a letter to U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining concerns with recent litigation that seeks a preliminary injunction to stop all Klamath Irrigation Project diversions immediately and hold that water in Upper Klamath Lake (UKL).  

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