Report: Oregon agriculture lagging — A State Board of Agriculture report has warned that Oregon is lagging behind its Western counterparts in important categories like net farm income. The Salem Statesman Journal reports Oregon had the highest percentage of farms with sales less than $10,000 and the lowest average amount of farm products sold. Net farm income is calculated by assessing the value left to the farmer after expenses are deducted. Washington and Idaho nearly double Oregon sales, and California farm sales amount to five times the value of Oregon’s average sales per farm, according to the report. Recommendations include expanding markets and increasing sales locally, regionally and internationally, along with helping growers meet new food safety standards that the report describes as more stringent and costly.
Man sentenced for digging up tribal artifacts — A North Bend man convicted of repeatedly disturbing a Native American tribal site has been sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,000. Prosecutors say David Gieselman dug up the objects from the site on the north shore of Coos Bay. He was discovered by Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw officials in February 2010 and May 2010. KGW-TV reports Oregon State Police searched his house and found 180 artifacts. A judge ordered Gieselman to forfeit 12 tribal artifacts and banned him from entering Oregon state parks for five years.
4 rescued from grounded crab boat — Four people and a dog have been rescued from a 61-foot Oregon crab boat that ran aground on the southwest Washington coast, and crews are working to pump an estimated 1,200 gallons of fuel off the vessel. The Coast Guard responded early Friday to the Genesis A after the Warrenton boat got stuck on a sand bar at the entrance to Willapa Bay. Washington fish and wildlife officials closed a mile-long section at the northwest end of the Long Beach Peninsula to keep razor clam diggers away from the vessel. The state says 90 percent of the beach remains open for a three-day clam dig.
— From wire reports