Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture (ODA)

Emerging canola deal disintegrates

Oregon farm regulators are going back to the drawing board with rules for canola in the Willamette Valley after an earlier concept proved unworkable. Source: Emerging canola deal disintegrates | Oregon |

Three bills propose new farmer loans and incentives

Three bills propose to help beginning Oregon farmers overcome cash shortages by creating a new loan program, fixing an existing one and assisting with education costs. Due to the aging population of farmers and rising cost of farmland, Oregon should try to smooth the transition in farm ownership expected to occur in coming decades, said […]
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Public can weigh in on bills to tighten dairy regulation in Oregon

Four bills aim to prevent another disaster like Lost Valley Farm, the Oregon dairy that racked up more than 200 environmental violations in two years. Source: Public can weigh in on bills to tighten dairy regulation in Oregon

Oregon House to vote on environmental ‘rollback’ bill

A proposal aimed at preventing “rollbacks” of environmental protections under the Trump administration is headed for a vote on the House floor after passing a key committee. Source: Oregon House to vote on environmental ‘rollback’ bill

Tentative canola coexistence deal emerges

A tentative agreement appears to be congealing over canola regulations in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, potentially resolving years of acrimony without the further intervention of lawmakers. Source: Tentative canola coexistence deal emerges

Solar project hinges on ‘industrial’ status

SALEM — The legal question of whether a solar facility qualifies a “rural industrial development” may decide the fate of an 80-acre project in Oregon’s Jackson County. Source: Solar project hinges on ‘industrial’ status

Most Clatsop County Beaches Close To Razor Clamming

The Oregon Departments of Agriculture and of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday the closure of razor clamming in most Clatsop County beaches. Although Clatsop Beach, one of Oregon’s most popular beaches for razor clamming, was supposed to open for razor clam harvesting Friday, recent shellfish samples from the area indicated high levels of the marine […]
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Sudden Closure of N. Oregon Coast Razor Clamming Just One Week After Reopened

Just a week after razor clamming reopened on the north Oregon coast it is shut down again – this time because of toxins. The area from Tillamook Head to the Columbia River – which means Seaside, Gearhart and Warrenton – is closed off once more. Source: Sudden Closure of N. Oregon Coast Razor Clamming Just […]
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Bill’s pot tax could help Oregon’s natural resource agencies

Oregon’s natural resource agencies have spent millions of dollars regulating, policing and helping grow the state’s emerging cannabis industry — without additional staff or funding. That’s taken a toll on regular duties at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Water Resources Department. Source: Bill’s pot tax could help Oregon’s natural resource agencies

Razor clam digging opens on Clatsop Beach after five-month delay

Razor clamming opened on Clatsop Beach Friday, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Razor clamming is open from Tillamook Head in Seaside to the mouth of the Columbia River. The Oregon Department of Agriculture delayed the razor clam harvest on an 18-mile stretch of beach in October and said it would not […]
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