Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture

Clover growers face herbicide impasse

Oregon clover farmers are examining alternative ways to access Python herbicide after its manufacturer decided against seeking federal registration for the crop. An herbicide used on soybeans has proven tantalizingly effective against two troublesome weeds in Oregon clover fields, but remains out of reach for farmers. Despite performing well in killing dock and tiny vetch […]
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A fruitful hemp harvest, but for how long?

Southern Oregon’s growing contingent of hemp growers are harvesting their fields and drying their crops. And with demand for hemp booming, the market looks promising. But some farmers wonder what the future holds. Source: A fruitful hemp harvest, but for how long? | Mail Tribune

Lost Valley wastewater problems persist

The Boardman, Ore., dairy has repeatedly run into trouble with the Oregon Department of Agriculture since it began operating last year. Wastewater problems at a controversial Oregon dairy have persisted despite a federal trustee taking control of the operation last month, state farm regulators said during a hearing Friday. Source: Lost Valley wastewater problems persist […]
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Cleanup delayed at Oregon’s Lost Valley Farm megadairy

Little progress has been made over the past month cleaning up an environmental mess at Oregon’s second-largest dairy. In fact, manure lagoons are fuller than they previously were and continue to overflow, the Oregon Department Justice told a Multnomah County judge Friday. Source: Cleanup delayed at Oregon’s Lost Valley Farm megadairy

Venomous brown widow spider spotted in Oregon for first time

Brown widow venom is similar to black widow venom, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. A venomous spider whose bites are “potentially medically significant” was spotted in Oregon for the first time last month. Source: Venomous brown widow spider spotted in Oregon for first time | kgw.com

ODA preserves brown widow spider found at Oregon City home

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has confirmed workers found a brown widow spider at an Oregon City home. Authorities say it is the first time the venomous, eight-legged arachnid has been found in our state. And, according to an ODA entomologist, workers also found a viable egg sac with the female spider. Source: ODA preserves […]
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Beware — new venomous spider spotted in Oregon

Experts are not sure how one ended up in the Portland area, but it’s not that uncommon for exotic critters to hitch a ride on a car, plane or in luggage. Source: Beware — new venomous spider spotted in Oregon

Oregon Bans Tree-Killing Herbicide Amid Sweeping Investigation

An herbicide that killed 1,500 iconic pines in Central Oregon is off limits for roadside spraying, as the state investigates how many more trees in the Northwest may have been poisoned. Source: Oregon Bans Tree-Killing Herbicide Amid Sweeping Investigation

Onion grower, urban farmer appointed to Oregon Board of Ag

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed onion farmer Grant Kitamura and urban farmer Shantae Johnson to the Oregon Board of Agriculture. A longtime onion entrepreneur from Ontario and a small urban farmer from Portland are the newest members of the Oregon Board of Agriculture. Source: Onion grower, urban farmer appointed to Oregon Board of Ag […]
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Onion grower, urban farmer appointed to Oregon Board of Ag

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed onion farmer Grant Kitamura and urban farmer Shantae Johnson to the Oregon Board of Agriculture. A longtime onion entrepreneur from Ontario and a small urban farmer from Portland are the newest members of the Oregon Board of Agriculture. Source: Onion grower, urban farmer appointed to Oregon Board of Ag