Agriculture

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Farm Resources

Agricultural production is important to Marion County considering that it is the largest producer of agricultural goods in the state. With a high volume of production occurring it is important for farmers to be aware and have access to resources that can help answer questions and support natural resource conservation. It is up to the private landowner to take advantage of these resources and the conservation programs that are available to them to help protect the natural resources on their land and adjacent lands.

Farm Management

USDA: Rural Tax Education

This website provides farmers and ranchers, other agricultural producers and Extension educators with a source for agriculturally related income and self-employment tax information that is both current and easy to understand.

NRCS Energy Tools

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed four energy tools designed to increase energy awareness in agriculture and to help farmers and ranchers identify where they can reduce their energy costs.

Crop Specific

Oregon State University Small Farms Crops

 

Brochures and educational materials on specific crops related to agricultural production: vegetables, fruit, nuts, nursery, etc.

North Willamette Research and Experiment Center

Their mission is to conduct horticultural crops research and to extend new knowledge to the horticultural industries and communities, particularly in the Willamette Valley. The location, just 20 miles south of Portland, provides growers with convenient access to research findings and Extension Service educational programs. Research is aimed at producing better quality crops at lower costs, and with reduced environmental impact.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

OSU: Integrated Plant Protection Center

The IPPC mission is to be one of the leading research and extension organizations nationally and internationally in integrated pest and production management (IPPM) systems. Our goals are to improve agricultural sustainability and food security in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and beyond by developing and delivering state-of-the-science IPPM systems in collaboration with stakeholders.

Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM

This website has been established to provide educational materials and links for the identification and management of pests in commercial nursery production in the Pacific Northwest. The PNW Nursery IPM Website is designed to be dynamic, allowing growers and pest management professionals to give and receive information regarding pest activities in nurseries in the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook

This handbook is intended as a tool for making decisions regarding the control and management of important insect pests in the Pacific Northwest. Originally, it was written for commercial growers, county extension agents, consultants, field and nursery staff, and chemical industry representatives. In recent years we have added sections that are useful to Master Gardeners and homeowners.

OSU Plant Clinic

The Oregon State University Plant Clinic is a diagnostic facility associated with, and housed in, the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. The Plant Clinic has been operational since 1954. As part of the OSU Cooperative Extension Service, the primary mission of the Plant Clinic is educational.

Northwest Berry Pest Guide

Pest guides, industry news, Berry Pest Search Tool for diseases and insects that do damage in northwest berries.

IPM Pest and Plant Disease Models and Forecasting

This website brings together US weather data and plant pest and disease models to serve many decision support needs in agriculture. Currently this site provides over 71 degree-day and 18 hourly weather-driven models serving many IPM, regulatory, and plant biosecurity uses for the full USA, and specializes in IPM needs for the Pacific Northwest.

ODA Pesticides Division

The mission of the division is to protect people and the environment from any adverse effects of pesticide use while maintaining the availability of pesticides for beneficial uses; to assure that effective fertilizer items are provided for agricultural and consumer uses.

OSU Extension: Pesticide Safety and IPM Education Program

Provides in-depth information on the types of pesticide licenses available and the required steps for acquiring a license. It also has test study materials, testing locations and a list of links to other helpful resources.

 

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Sustainable Agriculture

Oregon Tilth

Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. Oregon Tilth offers educational events throughout the state of Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally.

USDA National Organic Program

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards.

Food Alliance

Food Alliance provides comprehensive third-party certification for social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry.

Salmon Safe

Salmon-Safe works to keep urban and agricultural watersheds clean enough for native salmon to spawn and thrive.

Low Input Viticulture and Enology Inc. (LIVE)

LIVE is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides education and certification for vineyards and wineries.

ATTRA National Sustainable Agricultural Information Services

ATTRA provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. (ATTRA was formerly known as the “Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas” project.)

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

The Organic Materials Review Institute provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing.

OSU Extensions: Organic Agriculture

Extension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America.

EPA: Organic Farming

EPA: Organic Farming provides a comprehensive background and list of resources on organic production and certification process.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Provides grants and education to advance innovations in sustainable agriculture.