In today’s news, Oregon’s farms in crisis, CLT fire test successful and record number of Oregonians register to vote.
1. Oregon faces a farm land crisis
A new report found the combination of aging farmers and skyrocketing land prices could jeopardize the farming industry. The Oregonian reports the state needs to step in now to prevent further erosion as out-of-state companies buy up land. For example, the state could work to connect local farmers looking to sell or buy property.
2. First fire testing on cross-laminated timber a success
The wood to be used in the Pearl’s Framework building burned for two hours and did not lose its structural integrity. The Portland Tribune reports the test results exceeded expectations. These findings could help push the CLT industry forward.
3. Registered Oregon voters hit new record
In the wake of one of the most controversial elections in history, more than 2.5 million people have registered to vote. The Register Guard reports this will be one of Oregon’s busiest elections. The Oregon Motor Voter program is set to add an additional 250,000 voters before the Nov. 8 election.
4. The Hillsboro Chamber’s 3rd Annual Manufacturers Summit takes place today
Research Editor Kim Moore is attending this morning to learn about the state of manufacturing in Oregon. The summit will explore government regulations as well as the new Boeing and Portland Community College Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, scheduled to open in 2017.
— Hillsboro Chamber (@hillchamber) October 13, 2016
5. Reed curriculum battle erupts
A battle brewing over Reed’s classics curriculum reflects activism underway at colleges nationwide.
6. Rebranding Klamath County
In rural southeastern Oregon, economic development officials hope to create the next tech hub.
7. Bend Venture Conference begins today
I’m attending the angel conference today and tomorrow. Follow Oregon Business on Twitter for live updates on the scene.