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More millennials leaving desk jobs for farm life

A new generation of first time farmers is seeing the benefits of agricultural life, according to an article in the Washington Post.

According to the 2014 USDA Census of Agriculture, the number of farmers under 35 went up by 2.8 percent from 2007–2012. It's only the second time this has happened in the last 100 years. Some 69 percent of these younger farmers have college degrees and many have been drawn by consumer demand for local and sustainable food.

A separate survey by the National Young Farmers Coalition indicates that most of these new farmers did not grow up in agricultural families. Many come from urban areas and are looking for something that's not a desk job.

But even with these new farmers, the number of people leaving the field due to retirement or other factors is far greater. Between 2007 and 2012, agriculture gained 2,384 farmers between ages 25 and 34 — and lost nearly 100,000 between 45 and 54. The young farmers must also contend with high land and equipment costs just to get a business going. » Read more

Dispute over Dreamers could prompt federal shutdown

An ongoing dispute over the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is threatening to cause a government shutdown.

December 8 is the deadline for Congress to fund continuing operations of the federal government. Some members of the Democratic Party have threatened to withhold their support unless Congress also acts to protect Dreamers — undocumented people who arrived in the U.S. as children through no decision of their own. Democrats alone don't have the votes to force the issue, but there are centrist Republicans also pushing for a DACA fix by the end of December.

The DACA program was enacted by President Barack Obama. This past September, President Donald Trump announced he would end the program by March 6. At the same time, he said he would support Congressional action to replace it and protect Dreamers if key demands are met, including funding for a border wall.

Trump has said DACA and the government funding extension should be dealt with separately and DACA can be dealt with after the first of the year. Without action, those eligible for DACA would lose work permits and become eligible for deportation.

European strain of P. ramorum found in Curry County fir trees

Plant pathologists with Oregon State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service are concerned that a European strain of Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes sudden oak death, is infecting fir trees in Curry County, Oregon.

According to a study published in the journal Plant Disease, the European strain is more aggressive than the North American version, and is capable of infecting Douglas fir and grand fir trees in the forest — and that's exactly what's happening. The researchers haven't observed any fir trees killed by sudden oak death yet. They are attempting to isolate and eradicate the new strain.

Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes

The OAN First Aid and Adult CPR training classes will be held over the next five months.

Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Each class runs from 8 a.m.–noon. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Wilsonville, and McMinnville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $40 for new and renewing certifications. Register and pay at, or call Kristen Urban at 503-582-2011 or » Register today!

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A great safety program is crucial to ensure your workplace is safe. OAN members have access to our online library of 150 safety and health related handouts and posters. Downloads include attitude and awareness, confined spaces, fire safety and emergency response, hazard communication, lifting and moving material, safety posters, and personal protection. Each document is offered in both English and Spanish. Visit the safety page to browse the safety handouts (Members only).

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