In the Media

Researchers aim to breed heat- and drought-resilient hops

Capital Press

“I’m sure growers at the January (American Hop Convention in Florida) will demand more hops that can stand up better against wildfire smoke, heat and drought,” said Peter Weathers, a grower in Salem, Ore., whose hop fields this year saw heat losses.

Despite challenges, Northwest pear crop looks good

Bend Bulletin

Southern Oregon growers, in contrast, suffered. July 19, Talent Irrigation District shut off canals, followed by Medford Irrigation District Aug. 1. These shutoffs, exacerbated by heat waves, meant smaller fruit.

ODFW to ban steelhead fishing amid low returns

Bend Bulletin

ODFW closed steelhead angling earlier this month. Jason Seals, district biologist for the Lower Deschutes, said extending the closure will ensure the protection of steelhead for the remainder of this year’s run.

Congress looks to expand disaster aid for farms

Capital Press

Stone said the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act is a good first step to providing much-needed financial aid for producers, while acknowledging heat as a disaster for farms alongside events such as fires, hurricanes and ice storms.