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Tracking Changes In The Region's Farms

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Industries and economic trends come and go, but everybody's got to eat.  So agriculture is always a major industry in a rural area like ours. 

And that industry is different from what it was just a generation ago.  Where the Rogue Valley was once the center of the pear industry, many orchards have been converted to vineyards, now producing grapes for wine. 

A number of projects track the region's agricultural heritage, including Oregon's Century Farm program and the Wine of Southern Oregon collection at Southern Oregon University's Library.  Maureen Flanagan Battistella is a researcher at SOU and a volunteer for the Southern Oregon Historical Society; she joins us with ideas for perusing local ag history. 

LINK: Follow for details on the tour of Heritage Orchards on April 17th.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.