Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture (ODA)

Razor Clam Ban Expands on Southern Oregon Coast

A second closure of razor clamming on the southern Oregon coast is now in effect, prohibiting recreational harvesting from the south jetty of the Umpqua River down to the California border. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announced the closure on Friday, due to higher-than-usual levels […]
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On-farm FDA inspections prove time-consuming in Oregon

Federal regulators appear to be taking longer to complete on-farm inspections in Oregon under the Food Safety Modernization Act than state inspectors elsewhere in the U.S. Inspections conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Oregon require up to two days per fresh produce grower, while the time is typically shorter where that duty […]
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Turner residents oppose large hemp processing factory on farmland

In addition to processing its own hemp, the company would offer drying services to other Oregon hemp growers, if approved by Marion County. Source: Turner residents oppose large hemp processing factory on farmland

Hemp explosion

The explosive growth in popularity of hemp oil products could lead to literal explosions in the Rogue Valley. A hemp extract called cannabidiol, or CBD, is popping up in everything from lotions to smoothies across the nation. CBD doesn’t produce a high like the THC found in marijuana. Although more research is needed, studies show […]
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Hemp prolific in both licenses and uses

Q: I know that hemp can be used for CBD oil to try to treat all these different maladies, but how much is it being used for other things? And is this as diverse of a market of growers as our legal marijuana market? A: You might recall a few weeks ago, Shelley, when we […]
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We’re winning against the Japanese beetle!

Remember to keep yard debris out of the landfill! Earlier this summer, the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s IPPM program continued its multi-year effort to eradicate Japanese beetle. From April to June, ODA applied granular larvicide treatment to approximately 8,500 properties in Washington County. Source: The Cedar Mill News – August 2019 – We’re winning against […]
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Oregon Agency Estimates 35K Families Would Lose Food Stamps Under Federal Proposal

If the rule is passed, it would immediately push anyone in Oregon earning between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level — a range of about $33,500 to $47,600 for a family of four — off the assistance program. Source: Oregon Agency Estimates 35K Families Would Lose Food Stamps Under Federal Proposal

Popular and accessible, there’s still much to learn about kratom and its effects

Overwhelmed with thoughts of accidental deaths and a crippling fear of crowds, McKenzi Murdock, a 31-year-old biology major at OSU, found herself debilitated by her anxiety and unable to leave the house. Murdock felt worn down, unmotivated and struggled to manage school and her life. In an effort to combat her fears and desperately searching […]
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Annual ryegrass catches on as cover crop in Iow

An alternate method for seeding annual ryegrass as a cover crop is drawing interest among Iowa corn growers and could reap dividends for the Oregon grass seed industry. The method involves inter-seeding annual ryegrass into standing corn through aerial or high-clearance seeders. The method was front and center at three field days in Iowa this […]
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Bees | Student Mental Health | Unions After Janus

In 2013, 50,000 Wilsonville bees dropped dead after being exposed to pesticides used on European linden trees. Since then, Oregon has implemented the Oregon Bee Project to improve bee habitat and track bee populations across the state. Suicide was the second leading cause of death in Oregon for 15- to 24-year-olds in 2017, and Oregon […]
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