Local Reaction to GMO Ban Lawsuit

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Farmers who are suing over the voter-approved GMO ban are not commenting on the $4.2 million lawsuit. The county is not yet willing to speculate what the litigation will mean for the future of the ban. Two farms filed the suit against the county on Monday, and said the GMO ban … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Holiday Cactus

Medford, Ore. — It’s the hottest time of the year and that means it’s time to start thinking about a holiday cactus for the winter holidays. There’s a simple formula to help you remember what to do.  It’s 8-8-8.  Starting in the eighth month, August, restrict the cactus to just eight hours of bright, but … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Hypertufa

Medford, Ore. — You can use your green thumb for more than just plants, but also to create garden ornaments.  You can make garden ornaments with hypertufa. It’s a fake rock that can be made into stepping stones, garden spheres and leaf castings. You can learn more at a class about how to master hypertufa on … Continue reading »

Extension Service Tax Rate Set

MEDFORD, Ore. — A tax rate has been set in place to help the OSU Extension Service and 4H Program. The new Extension Service District, which includes two county commissioners, set a tax rate Wednesday morning of five cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The tax money will go toward expanding services and hiring … Continue reading »

Crews Say Fire Was Intentionally Set

MEDFORD, Ore. — The fire that destroyed an abandoned building in south Medford yesterday was intentionally set, according to Medford firefighters. The building, which sat just off Kings Highway, used to be an experiment station for the OSU Extension Service, but had been abandoned for a few years. Medford Fire said the fire was human-caused, … Continue reading »

Bee Task Force to Fight Colony Die-Offs

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Lawmakers in Oregon are taking action to prevent the bee die-off that is endangering farms and orchards across the state. This follows several major incidents in the state in which thousands of bees were killed from improper pesticide use. The task force, named by Governor Kitzhaber, will submit a report to … Continue reading »

County Fair Could Lose 4-H Next Year

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As preparations continue for the Jackson County Fair, budget cuts are threatening one of its most beloved institutions. OSU’s 4-H program has been running competitions and auctions for nearly as long as the fair has been around. But as county funds dry up, they’re looking for ways to stave off what … Continue reading »