Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture

Congress considers new hope for hemp

Planting season for industrial hemp is well underway at a 3-acre farm near Boring, Ore., where Adam Kurtz is testing new seed varieties to ensure they meet regulatory guidelines. Source: Congress considers new hope for hemp – Nation – Capital Press

Partial razor clam closure due to elevated domoic acid

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that a portion of the coast is closed for razor clamming as domoic acid levels have risen above the closure limit. Razor clamming is now closed from Cascade Head to the north jetty of the Umpqua River and closed from Cape […]
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Plan released to protect state from invasive beetle

Oregon has a plan to protect trees and limit harm to the state from an invasive tree-killing insect — the emerald ash borer, or EAB, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The insect’s primary food is ash trees and when it eats, ash trees die. Since 2002, this exotic insect […]
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Oregon’s food-safety inspection backlog sees little progress

Oregon’s Food Safety Program plans to hire a data analyst to track overdue inspections, seeking money for the job in the 2019-21 budget. Source: Oregon’s food-safety inspection backlog sees little progress

Tariff hikes hit Oregon products

Just last month, Oregon Beef Council CEO Will Wise was standing next to the meat case of a high-end grocery story in Shanghai and observed a consumer choosing U.S. beef. The steak that the woman chose cost the equivalent of about $50, he said. “It’s cool to see people picking up expensive U.S. beef,” Wise […]
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Bumblebee Blues: Pacific Northwest Pollinator In Trouble

Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northeast seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared from places where they were once common, possibly because of the same factors that have been killing honeybees […]
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A weedy scourge: 20 invasive plant species that cost Oregon millions

The high desert of Eastern Oregon, the lush stands of evergreens on our Cascade peaks and the flowering meadows of the coast range are all hiding a dirty secret. And it’s hiding in plain sight. Noxious weeds. Source: A weedy scourge: 20 invasive plant species that cost Oregon millions | OregonLive.com

Pacific Northwest bumblebees in trouble

Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared from places where they were once common, possibly because of the same factors that have been […]
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Farm groups question beehives to justify solar panels on ag land

A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon’s Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists. A farmland conservation group is appealing a 73-acre solar project in Oregon’s Clackamas County which won land use approval because beehives will be raised on the property. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Farm groups question beehivesto justify solar panels on […]
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Agency to offer rebates for organic producers

Oregon organic farmers, processors and others who may be interests in organic production now have an opportunity to get assistance financially in getting the USDA organic certification. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is offering a cost-share rebate program funded by the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program through the Farm Service Agency, according to a […]
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