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Oregon’s grass seed industry was hit by the recession just like everyone else, but the Oregon Department of Agriculture reports things are looking up. ODA spokesman Jim Cramer says he just returned from a trip to South Korea, and during the trip continues to hear the same comments. "Everywhere we went, the same message was heard. The product from Oregon is such high quality, we don't have any problems with it. That didn't go unnoticed by our seed industry. They should be bloody proud." ODA inspectors take samples of the grass seed and tests them for pests and diseases, and they get an phytosanitary certificate before they are exported. Cramer says exports to Asia being about 35% of the total market; and China is the biggest exporter of Oregon grass seed.

 

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.