By Eric Mortenson

Oregon research projects were awarded nine of 37 grants announced April 7 by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

Nearly $2.9 million in grants were awarded for projects in 11 western states and territories, with Oregon proposals awarded $754,721.

The Oregon projects include:

• Extending the winter squash season, Oregon State University, $49,958.

• Evaluating hazelnut orchard cover crops, OSU, $49,997.

• Restoring rangeland soil health, Crooked River Weed Management, $44,450.

• The impact of wheat chaff collection on weed control, OSU, $250,000.

• Soil solarization for weed control, OSU, $247,329.

• Building Integrated Pest Management networks, OSU, $67,802.

• Sustainable grazing in wetland pastures, Coos County Soil and Water Conservation District, $15,237.

• On-farm production costs, farmer Sarah Brown, $9,400.

• Improving water-saving techniques in vineyards and orchards, A to Z Wine Works, $20,548.

Western SARE is funded by USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and is hosted by Utah State University.

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