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Market Rabbits champion Lylianna Amsberry, Market Goat champion Jenna Tompkins, Market Chickens champion Layton Hasson, Market Hog champion Chase Donaldson, Market Turkeys champion Rylee, Shockey, Market Lamb Tristyn Traglia, and Market Steer champion Joseph Alger

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The Polk County Fair took over the fairgrounds Thursday through Saturday, entertaining crowds in spite of the soaring temperatures. 

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CORVALLIS — A new grant will allow Oregon State University researchers to study the nutritional value of more than 100 bee-pollinated crops, native plants and commonly used ornamental plants, a project that could help scientists better understand the global decline of bee populations.

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POLK COUNTY — The Polk Soil and Water Conservation District is offering recipients of its Oak Habitat Restoration Regional Conservation Partnership Program Grant the opportunity to purchase unique and traditionally important seeds.

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POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Fire Defense Board has issued a backyard burn ban effective on Wednesday, April 14, in all areas of Polk County.

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RICKREALL – There will not be a 2020 version of the Polk County Fair this month, but one popular event, the Polk County Youth Livestock Auction, will take place on Aug. 15.

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POLK COUNTY — Production of Christmas trees in Oregon has decreased by about 50 percent in the last decade, said Chal Landgren, Christmas tree specialist for the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

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INDEPENDENCE — Rogue Farms in Independence is a destination for anyone who loves beer, likes to learn how things are made, or just enjoys a beautiful setting.

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Forestland owners in Polk and surrounding counties are eligible for conservation assistance to help safeguard their properties against wildfire.

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The on-and-off rain Saturday didn’t dampen the excitement of Beal Pumpkin Patch’s opening day.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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

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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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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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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.

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

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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.