• T.J. Burnham

    Thank Heaven For The Likes Of Lisa

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 20, 2013

    Just back from bucolic Marrowstone Island, a little Washington gem of farmland and the Nordland Store. It is hidden away near Puget Sound, nestled up to Mystery Bay and not far from Port Townsend where dear are encouraged to roam the streets and dogs are welcome in all of its charming retail businesses. What brought me to Marrowstone was Lisa Painter, a heap of feisty energy at 87 and who has given her beloved 25-acre ranch to Washington State University for use as a research…

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    Washington Stone Fruit Industry Earmarks $5 Million For Research

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 12, 2013

    We are now engaged in a magnificent transition from dependence upon government budget funds for our farm research to an era of industry funding. Western Farmer-Stockman has  tracked this change in our magazine, website and here in blogs, recognizing those who have made  the decision to post long-term research funding actions that guarantee a science-based cutting edge advantage for our industry. Without research, we will fall behind our competitors and fade as the…

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    Misuse Of Pesticides A Crime On So Many Levels

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 5, 2013

    Always it irks me to see the listing of violators of pesticide law, an offense that not only hurts ag's image, but creates doubt in our consuming public already misinformed on most pesticide issues. Selling product in unsafe containers, selling to an unlicensed buyer, using unlicensed applicators, make applications in a careless manner, causing drift to a nearby field, and even selling unregistered products were all caught by the Oregon Department of Agriculture  in 2012. And I…

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