Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture (ODA)

Bill would allow Oregon to shut down unlicensed food operations

More than 600 food-related establishments in Oregon are operating without permits, and there’s nothing the state can do about it. On Tuesday, a legislative committee will consider a bill that would allow the state to shut down the unlicensed operations. Source: Bill would allow Oregon to shut down unlicensed food operations

Next generation of blueberry farmers joins commission

Members of the next generation from families involved in the blueberry industry are stepping up to fill seats on the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Jeff Malensky, Anne Krahmer and Ellie Norris are recent additions to the commission. Source: Next generation of blueberry farmers joins commission | Oregon | capitalpress.com

Oregon files objection to Lost Valley farm sale

A federal bankruptcy judge in California will allow the proposed sale of Lost Valley Farm to proceed as scheduled, despite objections from Oregon state agencies over who will clean up millions of gallons of wastewater and manure at the failed dairy. Source: Oregon files objection to Lost Valley farm sale

Oregon objects to Lost Valley Farm megadairy sale over manure cleanup

Oregon officials object to a bankruptcy sale of the troubled Lost Valley Farm megadairy because it doesn’t include adequate environmental cleanup. Source: Oregon objects to Lost Valley Farm megadairy sale over manure cleanup

OSU to host pollinator summit

Goals include improving knowledge base, coordination. How pollinator-enhancement programs can be developed and enhanced is the subject of the PNW Pollinator Summit & Conference slated for Feb. 14-16 at the Oregon State University CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis. Source: OSU to host pollinator summit | Agriculture | capitalpress.com

Marijuana pesticide drift complaints rare in Oregon

Though some Oregon farmers are worried about facing accusations of contaminating marijuana with pesticides, state investigation records show such allegations have been relatively scarce. Source: Marijuana pesticide drift complaints rare in Oregon

Record year makes Oregon top blueberry producer

For the first time in several years, Oregon reigns as the nation’s leading producer of blueberries, reclaiming a top spot the state lost to Washington several years back. “I was surprised,” said Jeff Malensky, chair of the Oregon Blueberry Commission, regarding Oregon’s resurgence to the top spot. Source: Record year makes Oregon top blueberry producer […]
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Christmas trees from big box stores could infect Oregon forests

Oregon produces more Christmas trees than anywhere else, but some big retailers import their trees from far-flung places like North Carolina nonetheless. That’s more than just bad form. The Oregon Department of Forestry warned Friday that some of those trees carry invasive pests that could attack the state’s native trees. State foresters suggest careful disposal […]
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Spraying weed killer near retiree homes on Oregon coast spurs outrage, call for state changes

The spraying of herbicide on cleared land triggered a bitter debate in tiny Seal Rock, a seaside community of about 1,300 in south Lincoln County. Source: Spraying weed killer near retiree homes on Oregon coast spurs outrage, call for state changes

Oregon farm regulators won’t pursue new canola authority

The Oregon Department of Agriculture will not seek additional authority to regulate canola during next year’s legislative session. Last month, the ODA submitted a report to the Legislature outlining several alternatives for regulating canola in the Willamette Valley. Two of those options would have required lawmakers to vest ODA with more authority, including limiting canola […]
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