Category Archives: Capital Press

State slaps Lost Valley Farm with $187,000 fine

Even if the controversial Lost Valley Farm cleans up its wastewater problems under a new operator, the Oregon Department of Agriculture will proceed with a permit revocation. Oregon farm regulators have issued a fine of more than $187,000 to a controversial Oregon dairy, citing more than 220 violations of its wastewater permit between last December […]
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Column: Oregon state agencies out of control

Oregon state agencies are definitely expanding their heavy-handed powers, and modeling is just a prime example. No one should be surprised at the continued overreach of some Oregon state agencies. The expanding use of computer modeling to “prove” points that actual, on-the-ground science does not prove, was predictable. The recent modeling study commissioned by Oregon […]
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Water infrastructure bill includes provisions for Klamath Project

The America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 includes several key provisions for farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin. Farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin will benefit directly from a massive federal water spending bill that authorizes more than $6 billion to improve the nation’s ports, dams, harbors and other infrastructure. Source: Water […]
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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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California winery works with investigators on label controversy

Federal investigators have already checked records at winery, owner says. The owner of a Napa Valley winery accused by Oregon winemakers of using deceptive labels says he is working with both state and federal investigators, while describing the controversy as a “charade.” Copper Cane LLC, of Rutherford, Calif., buys grapes from about 50 growers in […]
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Study shows fungicides effectively limit hazelnut disease

Without fungicides, mature hazelnut orchards in Oregon may have perished due to Eastern Filbert Blight years ago, according to a study published by Oregon State University. While forecasters are predicting a record-high Oregon hazelnut crop in 2018, a newly published study suggests the industry might not be where it is today if growers did not […]
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Competing sites vie for Willamette intermodal facility

Proponents of locating an Oregon intermodal yard in Brooks and Millersburg both claim their preferred site has major advantages. Though the locations are less than 30 miles apart, supporters of competing sites for a Willamette Valley intermodal facility claim stark differences between the two. Source: Competing sites vie for Willamette intermodal facility – Oregon – […]
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Sugar beet harvest could set records

Before the rain, southwest Idaho beets showed higher sugar content than in the past. This year’s beet harvest in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon could set record highs for sugar content and yield, thanks in part to good growing conditions and limited disease and insect pressure. Lab measurement of samples as of early October pegged […]
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Oregon to craft new proposal for managing wolves

A new framework for managing wolves that repeatedly prey on livestock may have the support of both Oregon ranchers and conservation groups, if the state can find enough money to pay for it. The idea came as groups sat down for the second time with a mediator on Tuesday as part of the Oregon Department […]
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Competing sites vie for Willamette intermodal facility

Though the locations are less than 30 miles apart, supporters of competing sites for a Willamette Valley intermodal facility claim stark differences between the two. Containers of agricultural goods would be unloaded from trucks at the Oregon facility, then loaded onto trains bound for major shipping ports along Washington’s Puget Sound. Source: Competing sites vie […]
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