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Oregon elegance

Harvest indicators point to return to traditional pinots for 2016

Following two hot growing seasons, local winemakers are seeing more of what made Oregon pinot noirs famous coming out for the vineyards.

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harvesting hops

Quality is good in this year’s hop harvest, continuing through September

Trucks filled with hop bines rumble down Wigrich Road, heading to the drying and baling facility at Rogue Farms in Independence.

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City council considers Bounty Market location

Polk County Bounty Market launches its seventh season at the Academy Building lawn in May, but there has been exploration of moving it back downtown in the future.

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No space too small to garden

Gardeners demonstrate ‘small space, easy harvest’ orchard

In the fruit orchard at the Inspiration Garden at Mount Fir Park, three fruit trees share one hole. They were placed in their new home on Friday.

All things ag to come to Polk Fairgrounds

Mid-Valley Winter AgFest to make its debut with family, fun and farm activities

When the attendance at the annual Polk Home and Garden Show more than doubled last year, organizer Deb Thomas realized it was in part because of the Oregon Poultry Swap that ran concurrently with her event.

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Garden Column: Grow fruit trees with confidence

People tend to have a love-hate relationship with their fruit trees. The fruit they love; the work they hate.

Women for Ag announces winners

Polk County Women for Agriculture (PCWA) is happy to announce the winners of their fifth annual Constitutional essay contest for Polk County high school students.

Gophers create hazard at fair

Gophers, building maintenance and an official move to a three-day fair.

Polk wines, vineyards commended

Vineyards and wineries from Polk County were well-represented in Wine Spectator’s February issue, which was on newsstands Tuesday.

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She knows her dairy

Amity woman vies for state Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador

As Polk County’s Dairy Princess, Gina Atsma has had the arduous task of being a cheesecake judge at the Clackamas County Fair.

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Recreational marijuana OK’d in Polk

Board of Commissioners define where marijuana may be grown, processed, sold in county limits

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance to allow production, process and sales of recreational marijuana.

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Schellenberg named to Farm Bureau’s Hall of Fame

Near the conclusion of the agenda, Don Schellenberg, a longtime member of the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB), finally figured out why he was sent to Oregon Farm Bureau’s (OFB) annual meeting in December.

Livestock group slates gathering

Reservations are being accepted for the Polk County Livestock Association’s annual meeting and dinner, scheduled Jan. 24 at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Rickreall.

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His chance at a better life

DALLAS — Smokey, a 23-year-old mustang, spent years being the “eyes” for another horse who was blind.

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Backyard Barnyard

MONMOUTH — When Domenica Protheroe started her flock of four hens last April, she was more than ready to make a home for her family’s new additions.