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Conservation corner: Winter crops a blessing

We know Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, but as usual, many minds (and television commercials) are already skipping over the day of thanks to what they will buy as Christmas gifts.

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Conservation Corner: Forests and livestock can be compatible

Agroforestry is a land management approach that provides an opportunity to put your land to work in unique and profitable ways. And while conventional wisdom in the past has been that livestock and trees can’t co-exist, nothing could be further from the truth. With proper management, forestland can do much more than just grow trees for harvesting.

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Pasture management can be key to success

The biggest burden on any livestock producer is keeping their animals fed. A well-managed pasture makes a difference for forage quality and quantity. It can also have a big impact on the farmer’s bottom line by not having to provide supplemental feed. Knowing how much pasture forage an animal needs and the amount of available forage is a big part of a successful grazing program.

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Nurture beneficial insects with pollinator-friendly landscape

The first step in solving a problem is awareness that there is a problem. In the case of declining pollinator species the awareness phase is not only upon us but has moved into the 'definitely a problem' phase.

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Conservation Corner: New water program requires close monitoring

In 1993, the Oregon Legislature passed the Agricultural Water Quality Management Act and directed the Oregon Department of Agriculture to develop plans to prevent and control water pollution from agricultural activities and address soil erosion issues on rural lands.

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