Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture

The State of the Bee

For the last decade Oregon’s bees – both native bees and the introduced European honeybee used in agriculture – have been in decline. But researchers like Andony Melathopoulos of the Oregon Bee Project say there are many reasons to hope for a better bee future in the state. Source: The State of the Bee – […]
Read More »

Legislators move hemp bill forward on unanimous vote

A proposal to ease the cultivation of hemp, a less-potent cousin of marijuana, is moving forward in the Legislature. The bill would expand a hemp research program run by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The bill would classify hemp seed as an agricultural seed and direct the agency to set standards for the seed, and […]
Read More »

House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers

Grass seed crops have received similar protections since 2011, but other types of seed were excluded from the legislation. Source: House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers

Dairy fined $16,800 for manure spill that shut down Tillamook Bay

About 190,000 gallons of manure spilled from Tony Silveira Dairy, forcing the closure of Tillamook Bay, the state said in assessing a $16,800 fine. Source: Dairy fined $16,800 for manure spill that shut down Tillamook Bay

Rural residents in Lane County fight spraying of herbicides by helicopters

Jenn and James Ruppert raise rabbits, goats and bees on their 3-acre farm. Most of their neighbors are small-farmers, too, or retirees living on acreage along Highway 36 as it winds through the rural Lake Creek Valley. With a few major exceptions. Source: Rural residents in Lane County fight spraying of herbicides by helicopters

Major Oregon dairy slapped with $10,000 penalty

Lost Valley Farm, a major new dairy in Boardman, Ore., was recently fined $10,000 for unauthorized wastewater discharges and faces two pending lawsuits over unpaid debts. Oregon’s farm regulators have slapped a $10,640 penalty on a major new dairy near Boardman, Ore., for allegedly discharging waste in violation of permit conditions. Source: Major Oregon dairy […]
Read More »

Editorial: Two state agencies fail to complete required audits

Oregon’s Department of Energy has been wracked by so many problems that legislators have debated if it should be shut down and its work distributed to other agencies. So it may come as no surprise that the department has a new problem. Both the energy department and the Oregon Department of Agriculture have failed to perform […]
Read More »

It’s time to get your Dungeness on

Recreational crabbers got the green light to return to the Southern Oregon coast and estuaries late Thursday after a marine toxin outbreak that has kept crab pots and rings dry since October was finally lifted. The commercial fleet will follow suit Sunday when deckhands can start setting their pots from Cape Blanco near Port Orford […]
Read More »

Oregon Dungeness crab season underway, USCG checks in on fleet

Dungeness crab off the Oregon coast has been a staple in the region for years and a big boost to the coastal economy, and it takes a team effort to make sure everyone is playing by the rules during the commercials season. Source: Oregon Dungeness crab season underway, USCG checks in on fleet

Oregon Agency Extends Fight Against Invasive Japanese Beetles

The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to expand its campaign against crop-eating Japanese beetles. Source: Oregon Agency Extends Fight Against Invasive Japanese Beetles