Jess Ropp

Coastal Ag News Roundup

Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports

  In today’s Ag News Roundup, the ongoing sustainability of agriculture, how cats develop bonds with humans, WDFW ignores criticism over wolf removal decision, city youth learn about natural resources, and wolf collared by federal and state agencies. Agriculture has Always Been about Sustainability The Washington State Farm Bureau (WSFB) has released information that touts […]

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Hunting in the Northwest: Sustainability and the Circle of Life

  Hunting in the great Northwest is a time-honored tradition for families and friends. Today’s hunters understand they are part of a sustainable circle of life – bringing money into the economy, raising funds for wildlife and forest ecology, and helping balance our natural resources. The Sustainability of Hunting While Oregon and Washington differ on […]

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How To Sharpen a Chainsaw

How To Sharpen a Chainsaw

With a set of tools and a few quick instructions, you’ll enjoy a well-sharpened chainsaw that’ll make even the toughest job easier.                                                                                                       Coastal Carries Chainsaws Stop by your Northwest owned and operated Coastal where you’ll find a full line of chainsaws, chainsaw parts, chains, and chain sharpeners to keep you working. While you’re […]

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Choosing the Right Wood for your Stove or Fireplace

  The wood you burn in your fireplace or stove matters. Even the right bag of pellets makes a big difference. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the right wood for your needs, including heat output and creosote buildup. Some of the Basics Both soft and hard woods burn differently. Softer woods are […]

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Game Processing Tips & Tricks

Game Processing Tips and Tricks

  Hunting season is a year-round celebration for a lot of Northwest families. Especially with every trip to the freezer to pull out another package of meat from that hunt. Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at processing game, as well as what to do with deer and elk meat after you’ve cut and […]

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No Till Gardening

Trying a No-Till Garden

  Tilling the garden is a mid-fall ritual for a lot of folks. It makes sense to till out the weeds and bring some fresh soil up to the surface. But there’s another option that quite a few backyard gardeners and farmers use to boost their compost, feed some of their animals, as well as […]

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Ho to Fit a Backpack

How to Fit a Backpack

When your backpack fits correct, your hikes will be more enjoyable. That’s because a properly fitting backpack can take the strain off your shoulders and back. We’ve put together some tips to help you get your backpack fitted properly.                                                                                                       Coastal Has Outdoor Gear Stop by your Northwest owned and operated Coastal and pick […]

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Choosing the Right Stove for Your Home

Choosing the Right Stove for Your Home

  Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book or a movie-watching marathon. It’s even better if you have a toasty-warm home. The experts in the Coastal Hearth and Home Department have put together some tips to help you decide what type of stove is right for you. Why Update Your […]

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What to do with Your Deer & Elk Meat

What to do with Your Deer and Elk Meat

  The time-honored tradition of hunting is alive and well throughout the Northwest. We’ve looked at how to get started processing game, and now we’ll cover how much meat you can expect from your trophy and what to do with some of that meat at mealtime. Hunting is Highly Regulated Be aware that you need […]

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Meat Processing

Getting Started Processing Game

  Editor’s Note: This article contains straightforward descriptions of hunting and meat processing. Please be advised. Hunting deer, elk, and other big game is an honored tradition for many Northwest families. One of the lesser discussed aspects of the hunt involves processing the game once you get it home. Yes, you can take your prize […]

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Barn Cats

Adding a Feline to Your Farm

  Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at life with outdoor and indoor feline friends as part of cat month at Coastal. This week, we’re talking about one of the hardest-working, yet lowest maintenance members of any farm family: the barn cat. Why Barn Cats are Cool When you have a farm, ranch, […]

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What's In Your Backpack?

What to Bring on a Day Hike

  Back in 2014, Tim Koertje began hiking as a way to lose weight and improve his health. In that time, he’s lost 220 pounds and counting and logged hundreds of trail miles with a backpack full of essential gear. We asked him what he packs on his day hikes along with what he wears […]

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Ag News

Coastal Ag News Roundup

Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports

  In today’s Ag News Roundup, state agency offers grants to rehab historic barns, pollen counts abundant in many crops, pesticide-handling rules could change for farm families, rabbits on San Juan Islands could be at danger from virus, and OSU research funding soars. Historic Barn Funding Now Available From the Washington Ag Network, the Washington […]

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Entertaining Your Tabby

  Being as September is cat month, everyone at Coastal has been sharing tips on how to keep cats healthy, happy and comfortable. This week, we’re covering the categories of toys to keep your feline occupied and less interested in clawing your couch. Don’t Forget the Basics Your cat needs some essential basics such as […]

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Hiking for a Healthier Tomorrow

Hiking for a Healthier Tomorrow

  To say that Tim Koertje is an avid hiker is an understatement. Since 2014, he’s logged hundreds of trail miles, checked 55 waterfalls off his list, and worn out a pair of shoes every month. It’s impressive, to say the least. But even more impressive is that those hikes, along with Tim’s determination and […]

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Gleaning

When Gleaning Works for Everyone

  The history of gleaning is fraught with kingly decrees and modern legal battles. In case you’re new to the concept, gleaning is the age-old process of harvesting leftover crops (apples, berries, even wood) from someone’s land. Gleaning Throughout the Ages Hundreds of years ago, gleaning was a way to ensure the poor had enough […]

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Tips for a Healthy Feline

Tips for a Healthy Feline

  This September, we’re celebrating cat month with expert tips on caring for and enjoying time with your cat. This week, we’ll share healthcare tips along with some of the more common medical conditions to watch for in your indoor or outdoor tabby. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases are Common If you or anyone you […]

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How to Clean a Chainsaw

How to Clean a Chainsaw

Although not all chainsaws are exactly the same, this how to video can help you clean your chainsaw. All it takes is a short list of tools and some simple directions.                                                 […]

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Ag News

Coastal Ag News Roundup

Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports for the week of September 4, 2019

  In this week’s Ag News Roundup, farmers and ranchers support philanthropy, sudden oak disease still under wraps in Curry county, wheat harvest wraps up across the Northwest, WSDA shares ag statistics, and boosting numbers of Coho could bring positive economic benefits. Farm Bureau Members Support Philanthropy Members of the American Farm Bureau Federation are […]

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Canning Peaches

Canning Peaches

  Over the last month, we’ve shared some tried-and-true canning recipes with you. This week, we’ll be canning peaches with step-by-step instructions and photos. Always Follow the Directions Oregon State University Extension Service and Washington State University Extension Service offer recipes and advice to keep you and your family safe. Have questions? Call OSU’s food […]

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