Tag Archives: Pesticides

Environmental groups blast ODOT, Forest Service over pesticide error

Weedkiller that killed trees near Sisters should never have been applied, they say. After an improperly applied herbicide killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees near Sisters, a number of environmental advocates are arguing that the Oregon Department of Transportation, or its contractors, should have known better than to apply the weedkiller in the first place. […]
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California, US team up on an issue that divides them: pot

An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuanafarms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to team up on an issue that recently divided them: pot. They announced Tuesday that they will use $2.5 million in federal money to target illegal grows even […]
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Study: Deadly pesticide use increases at illegal pot farms

Researchers found the highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran at 72 percent of grow sites last year. Researchers and federal authorities are finding what they say is an alarming increase in the use of a powerful pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California. The pesticide residue is showing up in about 30 percent […]
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EU To ‘Completely Ban’ Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to “completely ban” the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs. “All outdoor use of the three substances will be banned and the neonicotinoids in question will only be […]
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For Farmworkers’ Kids, Country Air Means Dust, Pesticides And Asthma

The children of the people who grow our food are especially vulnerable to severe asthma attacks. Now, researchers are trying a new approach to solving the problem. Patricia Marín still remembers the day nine years ago when her daughter Azul started coughing and couldn’t stop. Her breathing was ragged. Source: For Farmworkers’ Kids, Country Air […]
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Oregon fines All In Enterprises for failing to list active ingredient

Oregon has fined the manufacturer of a pesticide popular with marijuana growers $30,000 for failing to list a conventional pesticide ingredient on the label of its all-natural product. Illinois-based All In Enterprises marketed a mite spray called Guardian labeled as “100 percent natural,” with ingredients such as citric acid and cinnamon oil. Source: Oregon fines […]
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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 – […]
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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

Growers, packers gather

Meeting spotlights worker shortage, pest management. More than 300 onion growers and packers filled Four Rivers Cultural Center on Tuesday. They were there for the annual meeting of the joint Idaho Onion Growers and Malheur Onion Growers Associations. During the daylong event, labor shortage and managing pesticide resistance were among a host of topics presented. […]
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Grass-Fed Beef Loses Its Luster

Grass-fed beef used to bring a premium. No more. Love, they say, is as perennial as the grass. But the grass, ah, that’s not so simple; grass can be anything from wheat to bamboo. In Oregon, where I grew up, grass seed is worth over $300 million a year to the state’s economy. I used to chuckle at the fact […]
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