Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture (ODA)

Motorists urged to safely share road with farm equipment

Molly McCargar still gets choked up when she remembers her friend and neighbor, Scott Miller. Miller often referred to himself as “the poor farmer,” yet McCargar said he was known for his generosity. Every summer, Miller would hire local kids to help with harvest at his farm north of Salem, and he regularly donated fresh […]
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Oregon House approves ditch-cleaning bill over environmentalist complaints

Opposition from multiple environmental groups has failed to stop the Oregon House from approving a bill aimed at simplifying the state’s ditch-cleaning regulations. Farmers could remove up to 3,000 cubic yards of sediment per mile of ditch over five years after notifying state regulators under House Bill 2437, which passed the House 42-17 on June […]
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Razor clam harvesting closed in Reedsport area

The harvest of razor clams on much of the South Coast, including in the Reedsport area, is currently closed because of high levels of domoic acid in recent shellfish samples taken from the region. The closure, announced by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, stretches from the South […]
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Canola bill makes headway with 4-year expiration date

A proposed 500-acre limit on canola production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley would expire in four years under a revised bill making headway in the Legislature. Cultivation of the crop was originally capped at 500 acres in 2013 but that restriction was set to expire this year, to be replaced with new rules from the Oregon […]
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Rogue pack kills Fort Klamath steer

The Rogue Pack has traveled into Klamath County, Ore., with a confirmed livestock kill in Fort Klamath on Sunday, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials. Source: Rogue pack kills Fort Klamath steer

Natural Resource Report

Someone has done the calculations, and it turns out that Oregon is responsible for 0.14 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. This means that 99.86 percent comes from outside of our little slice of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is abundant in natural resources. Timber, food and nursery production reign. It is no accident that we […]
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Water stored by Willamette River dams: cities, farmers, fish compete

For 30 years, powerful Oregon interests including cities, farmers, industry and environmentalists have been slugging it out for access to the water. Source: Water stored by Willamette River dams: cities, farmers, fish compete

Dungeness fleet back off Oregon Coast

Crabbing restrictions were lifted Friday along the South Coast after biotoxin levels in Dungeness were found to be safe again, reinviting the region’s commercial fleet to take full advantage of what is now the second best Oregon crabbing season on record. Oregon Department of Agriculture tests Friday showed domoic acid levels Dungeness were back into […]
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Recreational crabbing has re-opened from Cape Blanco to the California border. A release from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said crab samples taken from the Brookings area indicate the levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have fallen below the closure limit for two consecutive rounds of […]
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Hemp poised to become major crop

As a cannabis activist for 50 years and an industrial hemp activist for 25, Dave Seber truly believes hemp is the 800-pound gorilla sitting at the back of the room. “It has 25,000 to 50,000 different uses, and we’re hardly exploiting any of them,” Seber said. “If we don’t develop this crop, I don’t see […]
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