Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture

Inspectors are ‘partners with the industry’

Onion packing sheds are getting busy as harvest operations ramp up, and in the middle of that, there are people making sure the product shipped out meets quality standards to protect both the consumers and the industry. “Shipping point inspections have been in place since the 1930s,” said Casey Prentiss, who oversees these inspections across […]
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DEQ investigates possible Glen Creek contamination in Salem

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a possible contamination of Glen Creek after dead fish were found floating in the water Friday. Rasmussen Spray Service workers applied two water treatments to a private pond at 1170 Willow Creek Drive NW in West Salem to treat algae and unwanted vegetation on Wednesday, said Katherine Benenati […]
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Why are field burns allowed in the Salem-area during wildfires

While the nation’s top priority fire blazes in the Columbia River Gorge, open field burning rolls on as usual in the Willamette Valley. Seventy-degree temperatures and low wind conditions allowed roughly 2,235 acres to burn on a number of grass and seed farms this week , said John Byers, program manager for the smoke management […]
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Records shed light on Oregon day care insecticide incident

An Oregon Department of Agriculture investigation found that the day care improperly applied an insecticide. Recently released state records say at least 43 children and seven adults reportedly suffered health problems after they were exposed to powerful insecticide at a Coos Bay day care facility. Source: Records shed light on Oregon day care insecticide incident […]
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New agriculture director looks to next generation

Taylor has extensive knowledge at the federal level. The newly appointed director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture visited Grant County recently as part of a tour of all 36 Oregon counties. Alexis Taylor was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown in December and came on the job at the end of January. So far, the […]
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Stable ag, dynamic ag | Opinion |

The state Department of Agriculture reported recently that greenhouse and nursery products had recaptured the No. 1 spot on the state’s list of agricultural commodities, with a dollar value of $909 million in 2016. Nursery products had slipped behind cattle and calves during the two preceding years, as ranchers and feedlot operators rode the crest […]
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Soups sold at Oregon Wild Berries shop may be unsafe, FDA warns

Canned soups sold at an Oregon gift shop geared toward tourists may not meet food processing standards, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Oregon Wild Berries, doing business as Chef Edwin’s Soup, has not documented that it has fixed serious violations discovered during an inspection of its low-acid canning facility in May 2017, the […]
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Oregon field burning and domestic fire bans until eclipse

Officials are reminding residents and visitors that burning bans will remain in effect until after Monday’s solar eclipse. Oregon Department of Agriculture officials have issued a field burning ban starting Friday that will last until through Monday in order to prevent smoke from disrupting the view of the eclipse. Source: Oregon field burning and domestic fire bans until eclipse

Portions of Oregon Coast open for clamming

For the first time this year, a portion of the Oregon Coast is open for razor clamming. As of Friday, the beaches from Tillamook Head, south of Seaside, to Cascade Head, north of Lincoln Beach, have been open to diggers. This stretch of coastline includes Indian Beach in Ecola State Park and Cannon Beach. Source: […]
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Traps set west of Portland overflow with Japanese beetles – Oregon

Traps set in conjunction with an Oregon Department of Agriculture eradication campaign in the Portland area caught a stunning 12,000 Japanese beetles, an invasive pest that can cause major damage to home gardens and to nursery, vegetable, vineyard and orchard crops Source: Traps set west of Portland overflow with Japanese beetles – Oregon – Capital […]
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