2011 Oregon Agripedia

Food Safety News

Stream Shade Calculator

A Calculator for Estimating Shade

You can get a good sense of the relative shadiness of your stream just by looking at it.  Quantifying this impression, however, requires a bit more work and some specialized equipment.  Our Stream Shade Calculator automates this work and provides you with a quick and reliable estimate of your stream's current shade condition and its potential for restoration.

Organic Seed Growers and Trade Alliance

Washington Tilth

Oregon Seed Trade Association

eOrganic Weed Management Topics

Articles and videos on weed management in organic production

Weed 'Em and Reap

Produced through Oregon State University Department of Horticulture.
A two-part DVD series showcasing tools and reduced tillage strategies for non-chemical weed management
Growers and researchers describe field-tested methods for managing weeds without the use of chemicals

Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines

A 75-minute educational video on weed cultivation and flaming equipment, featuring 9 farms in 3 northeastern states. Produced by Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension and Mary Jane Else, University of Massachusetts Extension Funded by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), USDA

Steel in the Field

Steel in the Field: A Farmers Guide to Weed Management Tools
Published 2001, 128 Pages, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Available online only

ATTRA Publications: Weed Management

Oregon Weather Service

Oregon Climate Service. Satellite images and weather news


AgriMet, a conjunction of the words "agricultural" and "meteorology", is a satellite-based network of automated agricultural weather stations operated and maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation. The stations are located in irrigated agricultural areas throughout the Pacific Northwest and are dedicated to regional crop water use modeling, agricultural research, frost monitoring, and integrated pest and fertility management.

Oregon Horticultural Society

The Oregon Horticultural Society is an organization of growers and horticultural professionals committed to providing educational and networking opportunities about agriculture to Oregonians with the goal of strengthening the viability of Oregon Agriculture. The society welcomes anyone active or interested in the horticultural industry.

Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association

The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association represents all vegetable growers from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. To the Association, the smallest specialty crop grower is as important as the largest corporate farm with thousands of acres. Each fulfills a specific need in the marketplace.

The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association is dedicated to education, research, production, promotion and representation relative to the Northwest vegetable industry and it's markets.

Northwest Food Processors Association


Global seed industry site

Seed Savers Exchange

Network for sharing and preserving heirloom seed

Organic Vegetable Breeding and Variety testing

Cornell University and Oregon State University

Asian Vegetables Grown in Ontario

Fact sheets and photos of Asian vegetables from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Canada

Washington State University Alternative Crop Brochures

Oregon State University Commercial Vegetable Production Guides

Washington State University Organic Agriculture Systems

Evergreen State Organic Farm

Washington State University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Oregon State University Organic Agriculture Program

Oregon State University Department of Horticulture

Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops

The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops is a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a system for measuring sustainable performance throughout the specialty crop supply chain. The project seeks to offer a suite of outcomes-based metrics to enable operators at any point along the supply chain to benchmark, compare, and communicate their own performance.

Oregon Department of Agriculture: Sustainablity in Oregon Agriculture

Oregon sustainability programs descriptions, information and resources.

SARE Project Reports

SARE's national database of project reports, which organizes thousands of projects funded by SARE since the program's inception in 1988. The database is searchable by keyword, title and project number.

Western SARE

SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that functions through competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and ag professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.

Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market

Book information and order form from the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service

UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)

At the request of the California legislature, the University of California established SAREP with three mandates: administer competitive grants for research on sustainable agricultural practices and systems, develop and distribute information through publications and on-farm demonstrations, and support long-term research and sustainable farming systems on UC farmlands.

Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms

National Agricultural Library Special Reference Briefs Series no. SRB 99-02, September 1999, Slightly updated text and URLs, August 2007
Compiled by: Mary V. Gold, Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

USDA NASS Oregon Reports and Statistics

Oregon agricultural data and statistics from the USDA NASS Oregon Field Office

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oregon Commodity Data Sheets

Commodity Data Sheet series includes available OSU Extension Oregon Ag Information Network (OAIN) county estimates and National Ag Statistics Service (USDA/NASS) statewide estimates. OAIN estimates are based primarily on the best judgments of OSU faculty who work with the ag industries that they serve. USDA/NASS estimates are based on statistical inference applied to their statewide survey data.

Oregon CropMAP

Acreage information, descriptions of growing regions, and recommended crops for counties and growing regions in Oregon. This site is part of NewCROP TM, the website of the Center for New Crops and Plant Products at Purdue University.

Oregon Agripedia

Oregon agriculture statistics, regulations and resources from the Oregon Department of Agriculture

USDA Economic Research Service Organic Production Data Sets

Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture for over a decade. The U.S. had under a million acres of certified organic farmland when Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. By the time USDA implemented national organic standards in 2002, certified organic farmland had doubled, and doubled again between 2002 and 2005. Organic livestock sectors have grown even faster. ERS collected data from USDA-accredited State and private certification groups to calculate the extent of certified organic farmland acreage and livestock in the United States. These are presented in 13 tables showing the change in U.S. organic acreage and livestock numbers from 1992 to 2008 (see the U.S. tables section). Data for 1997 and 2000-08 are presented by State and commodity (see the State tables section).

USDA National Organic Program

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic production. Find certification information and regulations, as well as news from the National Organic Program on this site.

Cornell University Organic Guides

These Organic Production Guides from the Cornell University New York State Integrated Pest Management Program outline general practices for growing vegetable and fruit crops using organic integrated pest management techniques. Producers working in dairy settings will find the organic dairy cattle guide describes ways to manage external arthropod pests.

The guides provide an overall approach for organic production with a focus on biological, mechanical, and cultural controls. Sections on cover crops, resistant varieties, crop rotation, field selection, soil quality and nutrient management all highlight their interrelated qualities and precede specifics on pest management options.

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

Founded in 1997, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. OMRI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. When companies apply, OMRI reviews their products against the National Organic Standards. Acceptable products are OMRI Listed® and appear on the OMRI Products List. OMRI also provides subscribers and certifiers guidance on the acceptability of various material inputs in general under the National Organic Program.

Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator

This free online tool on the OSU Extension Service Small Farms website compares the nutrient value and cost of cover crops, organic and synthetic fertilizers and compost. Use this Excel Calculator to develop well balanced and cost effective nutrient management programs for your farm. Developed by Nick Andrews, Dan Sullivan, Jim Julian and Kristin Pool. OSU Extension Series # EM 8936-E

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organization devoted to fostering the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems by sponsoring organic farming research, education and outreach projects through a competitive grantmaking program; disseminating research results to organic and transitioning farmers and educating the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.

Oregon Tilth

Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. Oregon Tilth offers educational events throughout the state of Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally.

Oregon Organic Coalition

The Oregon Organic Coalition (OOC) is an organization founded to advance the development and growth of the organic industry and community in Oregon.

ATTRA Horticultural Production Guides

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: Crop specific organic production guides

Urban Farmer

Vegetable Growers News


The Packer

Fresh produce industry magazine

Growing for Market

Magazine for local food producers with articles by growers and direct marketing experts

Fresh Cut Magazine

American Vegetable Grower

University of California: IPM Online

Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: How to manage pests of agriculture, floriculture, and turf

Cornell University Cooperative Extension: Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable Production

Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2010

Extension Toxicology Network

EXTOXNET is a cooperative effort of University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho. Primary files are maintained and archived at Oregon State University.

On-line Guide to Ginseng Production in the Pacific Northwest

by Charles A. Brun, Ph.D. Horticulture Advisor, Washington State University Cooperative Extension

Purdue University: A Guide to Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

ATTRA Publications: Herbs and Flowers

National Sustainable Agriculture Information service

North Carolina Fresh Produce Safety Blog

Food Safety information and resources

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog

Information on farm and food safety legislation

Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetabls: A guide for the produce industry

FDA Produce Safety Activities

Oregon State University Small Farms Technical Reports

Washington State University Extension Small Farms Team: Farm Finder

Find farms and crops in Washington and Oregon

Washington State University IMPACT Center

International marketing program for agricultural commodities

Herb Growing and Marketing Network

Wilson College: Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources

British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands: Industry Competitiveness

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Fruit and vegetable prices, news, regulations, grant programs and services

USDA Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

Rodale Institute: The New Farm Organic Price Report

Rodale Institute

UC SAREP Organic Cost Studies

University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education: Organic Farming Cost and Return Studies

Oregon Agricultural Enterprise Budgets

Enterprise Budgets for crops, vegetables and fruit, searchable by county and commodity


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Wholesale and retail horticultural commodity prices

Rutgers University Crop Production Budgets

Rutgers University budgets for conventional and organic crops, vegetables, and fruit.

Washington State University County Extension Offices

Washington State University Agricultural Research and Extension Centers

Washington State University Cooperative Extension

University of Idaho Extension

OSU Extension Service Small Farms

Oregon Small Farms provides information for the commercial small farmer as well as the small acreage landowner. It is hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program.

OSU Extension Offices and Experiment Stations

Vegetable MD Online

Cornell University plant disease fact sheets and photos

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management

Cornell University book available online

The Diagnosis of Mineral Deficiencies in Plants by Visual Symptoms

by William Wallace 1943 ( University of Bristol). Classic photos of plants showing symptoms of various nutrient deficiencies

Organic Seed Partnership

Organic Breeding and Variety Testing

Organic Seed Alliance

Education, research and advocacy for organic seed producers

Integrated Plant Protection Center

The Integrated Plant Protection Center conducts IPM research and outreach and implements sustainable pest management practices throughout the Pacific Northwest region. IPPC is also engaged in a number of international programs, including publication of IPMnet NEWS.

Willamette Valley Specialty Seed Association

In 1980 several companies involved in vegetable and specialty seed production formed the Willamette Valley Specialty Seed Association. With the assistance of the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service, this group was formed to promote quality seed production. One of the major activities is to maintain maps where fields are marked and recorded to ensure adequate isolation distances between crops and to ensure buyers that seed is true to type. Membership in the association is required in order to participate in mapping and may include growers. Procedures, priority rights, fees, exceptions, and arbitration rules are voluntarily adhered to by the members.

Other activities of the association include herbicide trials in conjunction with the weed specialists from Oregon State University, and promotion of the Willamette Valley as a quality seed production area. Promotion can include supporting state seed law, such as that regulating the production of canola seed.

OSU Vegetable-related Extension Publications

OSU Extension Publications offers a variety of publications on vegetable production topics. Many are available online.

OSU Hermiston/HAREC Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic

OSU HAREC's Plant Disease Diagnostic clinic.

OSU Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center

The Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center is located at 2121 South First Street in Hermiston, Oregon. Office hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, closed during the lunch hour, noon - 1:00pm.

HAREC serves nearly 500,000 acres of irrigated agriculture in Oregon and Washington's Columbia Basin. The center concentrates on discovery and implementation of agricultural and horticultural opportunities and provides solutions to production restraints. Research at HAREC emphasizes identification of new crops or and production practices, plant breeding and varietal evaluation including nutritional contents, integrated pest management of insects and insect transmitted diseases, plant disease control and environmental issues. In addition, an emphasis on stream ecology investigates aspects related to salmon.

Oregon State University Plant Clinic

The Oregon State University Plant Clinic is a diagnostic facility housed in the department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

Pacific Northwest Vegetable Extension Group

The objectives of the PNW Vegetable Extension Group are to:

  • Assist with diagnoses of vegetable diseases, pests, and other problems
  • Coordinate vegetable disease, pest, and production research and extension activities in the Pacific Northwest
  • Provide growers and gardeners with resources to manage vegetable diseases, pests, and abiotic problems in environmentally-sound ways
  • Publish new information about vegetable pathogens, pests and other problems; and their biology and management
  • Serve the region’s fresh vegetable, processing vegetable, and vegetable seed crop industries

WSU Mt Vernon Vegetable Research and Extension Program

The Vegetable Research and Extension program at WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center includes a wide range of projects such as screening new crops and breeding lines for suitability for production in Western Washington, testing new products such as degradable mulch and high tunnels, evaluating integrated pest management strategies, and implementing water and soil conservation practices.

eOrganic: Science, Experience and Regulation-based Organic Agriculture Information

This resource, created by the eOrganic Community of Practice, is for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture, published research results, farmer experiences, and certification. Our current content is focused on general organic agriculture, dairy production, and vegetable production. The content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of University researchers and Extension personnel, agricultural professionals, farmers, and certifiers with experience and expertise in organic agriculture.