Articles by Ann Hess, Staff Writer

Ag education: The one profession where you gain a family

· January 12, 2018

From a young age Nick Nelson was always around FFA and agricultural teachers. It helped his father taught ag at Sutherlin High, but the Oregon native said his real attraction to the ag education profession came from the bond he witnessed among ag teachers. “The ag teachers in the Umpqua District were a very tight […]

Cooper Farms provides a window to livestock production

· January 10, 2018

For pig and poultry operations looking to open up the barn doors, it can be a little tricky to safely let consumers get up and close with the animals. That’s why Cooper Farms started adding observation rooms seven years ago. “Some of the observation rooms are close to seven- years-old now, some are newer,” said […]

Microsoft wants to connect rural America with TV white spaces

· December 19, 2017

With roughly 23.4 rural Americans lacking broadband internet access, many companies have come forward with some “out-of-the-box” ideas in the hopes of getting everyone connected within the next five years. Microsoft is actually going back to the box so to speak to extend broadband coverage through TV white spaces. TV white space is the unused […]

Animal Ag Alliance: Social media needs to hear from you

· December 15, 2017

With more people getting their news from social media and looking to their friends’ posts for answers on the latest topics, Animal Agricultural Alliance encourages farmers and ranchers to open their barn doors on social. “We know they are busy out in the fields and they don’t have time to be on social media, but […]

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