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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Eastern Oregon farms step up organic acres - Oregon - Capital Press

Eastern Oregon farms step up organic acres - Oregon - Capital Press: Eric Nelson knew it wouldn’t be easy when he decided to go organic on his family’s 900-acre wheat farm north of Pendleton.

Nelson, a fourth-generation farmer, talked it over with his father — former state Sen. David Nelson — who wondered how they would control weeds without herbicide, or how they’d afford organic fertilizer and still turn a profit. But Nelson had faith it would work, and in 2008 Nelson Grade Organics harvested its first organic crop.