Tag Archives: Pesticides

Marijuana pesticide contamination worries Oregon farmers

Due to Oregon’s pesticide testing regime for marijuana and its high value, growers of more conventional crops worry about getting blamed for contamination. Concerns about pesticide drift are nothing new in agriculture, but the issue has taken on new gravity for Oregon farmers with marijuana-growing neighbors. Due to Oregon’s pesticide testing regime for marijuana and […]
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Pesticide exam fees may go up and online in Washington

The Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to scrap paper tests and adopt online testing for pesticide applicators. The computer tests will be more convenient and prevent cheating, but will cost more to take, according to the department. The department administered more than 10,000 tests last year to applicators, exterminators and pesticide dealers. The tests […]
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Understanding pesticides minimizes harmful effects

Whether you apply pesticides or come across where others have, knowing more about them can help you guard your health and environment from unnecessary harm. This article will define pesticides and regulatory agencies, provide some tips for pesticide uses and those who encounter areas where pesticides have been use, and provide information how you can […]
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Act Locally: Monitoring use of pesticides in our Valley (Part 2)

What’s the point? Non-point! Walk, bike, or drive through Ashland’s outskirts, and you might notice cattail ditches skirting the road’s edges, plus the occasional sign reading; “NO SPRAY.” These cattail-lined roads are the jurisdiction of Jackson County (as opposed to the city or the state). The signs are there to remind county workers that the […]
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Toxic pesticides found at most illegal California pot farms

Investigators suspect some illegal grows are now being moved into agricultural areas where they blend in alongside legitimate marijuana and other crops. Nine of every 10 illegal marijuana farms raided in California this year contained traces of powerful and potentially lethal pesticides that are poisoning wildlife and could endanger water supplies, researchers and federal authorities […]
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Act Locally: Monitoring the use of chemical pesticides in our Valley (Part 1)

Having considered spurious on-line accusations regarding Jackson County Vector Control’s use of insecticides along the Talent Irrigation District (TID) ditches in the last installment of Act Locally, I now set out to identify who I had previously witnessed spraying some chemical along the Ashland TID. The short answer turns out to be that the culprit […]
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Pesticide ruling impacts local ag producers

A ban re-imposed by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a commonly used pesticide that can be used on a wide variety of crops may have an impact on crops and pest control in the Treasure Valley. The federal court, in a 2-1 decision issued Thursday, ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop […]
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Harmful Pesticide Ban Ordered By US Appeals Court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a decision to allow the use of a a pesticide that can cause brain damage in children. A federal court has reversed a decision to allow the use of a a pesticide that can cause brain damage in children. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Thursday […]
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Popular farm pesticide banned by court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Trump administration Thursday to ban widely used farm pesticide chlorpyrifos. Environmentalists said the chemical causes brain damage in children. In a rebuke to the Trump administration, an appeals court Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a widely used farm pesticide that environmentalists say can damage […]
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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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