Category Archives: Capital Press

‘Cap and invest’ proposal short on specifics

A recent presentation to the Oregon Board of Agriculture on a new “cap and invest” effort under study by Democratic leaders in the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown’s administration provided more questions than answers. Source: ‘Cap and invest’ proposal short on specifics

Oregon wrestles with pesticide spray zone regulations

Oregon regulators are working to finalize a proposal that would protect farmworkers from drifting pesticides by allowing them to take shelter indoors. The rule, developed by the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, seeks to address “application exclusion zones” introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency in its 2015 update of the Agricultural Worker […]
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Irrigators protest Hood River instream water rights

A proposal to develop new instream water rights to protect flows in Oregon’s Hood River Basin have met with protests from irrigators. Several farm groups have filed protests against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposal to obtain instream water rights in the Hood River Basin. Fourteen of the agency’s applications for instream water […]
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Recovery plans for Snake River salmon, steelhead released

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries plan include spring and summer chinook, fall chinook and steelhead. Authorities have released recovery plans for federally protected Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead with the goal of making sure each species is self-sustaining in the wild. Source: Recovery plans for Snake River salmon, steelhead released – – […]
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Wolves kill alpaca in NE Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed wolves killed an alpaca Sunday on private land in Union County. Investigators found tracks and blood in the snow as evidence of an attack by three wolves in the Starkey area southwest of La Grande. Source: Wolves kill alpaca in NE Oregon – Livestock – Capital […]
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Landowner questions ODFW wolf investigations

The Union County, Ore., landowner who recently discovered two of his llamas killed in a forested pasture near Five Points Creek is confident wolves are to blame for their deaths. Howard Cantrell, a fifth-generation retired rancher, believes the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife erred when investigators stopped short of ruling either incident a confirmed […]
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$6.3 million approved for Oregon water projects

Three irrigation piping projects and a hydroelectric facility fish ladder have won $6.3 million from Oregon’s water supply development fund. Four water projects in Oregon have won nearly $6.3 million from state regulators, though only $5.1 million is available on hand to spend. The $1.2 million shortfall is expected to be covered by the sale […]
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Meetings to focus on rule changes for Walla Walla sub-basin groundwater

The Oregon Water Resources Department will host a pair of meetings Monday and Tuesday in Umatilla County to discuss new rules in the Walla Walla sub-basin. The Oregon Water Resources Department will host a pair of meetings in Umatilla County to discuss new water metering requirements for farmers in the Walla Walla sub-basin. Source: Meetings […]
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Russet potato supplies are tight, boosting prices

With no slowdown in usage through November, the shortfall in this year’s russet potato production in the Pacific Northwest is going to lead to a supply crunch over the next six months. While potato production nationwide in 2017 fell less than 1 percent, things were very different in the Pacific Northwest. Combined production in Idaho, […]
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State must resolve conflicting solar, farmland policies — Opinion

Oregon has strict land use laws and policies meant to preserve farmland. The state also offers tax credits and other incentives for the construction of solar energy facilities on farmland. Oregon has long held itself out as a “progressive” state, quick to seize on public policies meant to enhance the lives of Oregonians and improve […]
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