Tag Archives: Pesticides

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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Common pesticides threaten salmon, U.S. fisheries agency concludes 

Chemical makers complain report was rushed. Three common and widely used farm pesticides can harm endangered salmon and jeopardize their survival, according to a new report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries). The pesticides—chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon—also threaten orcas, because they eat salmon, the agency said. Source: […]
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Editorial: Oregon eyes expanding pesticide authority

We think Oregon farm and forest interests are justifiably anxious as the state Department of Environmental Quality works to update its general permit for pesticide discharges under the Clean Water Act. Source: Editorial: Oregon eyes expanding pesticide authority

Increased DEQ pesticide authority worries farm groups

Agriculture and forestry groups in Oregon worry the state’s Department of Environmental Quality is planning to significantly expand its authority over pesticides. Under the policy being considered by DEQ, the agency would regulate pesticide spraying over state surface waters “whether wet or dry at the time,” according to an early draft. It’s unclear how broadly […]
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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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Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides By Sheltering Them Indoors Draws Skepticism

Proposed rules designed to protect Oregon farmworkers from pesticide exposure has both farmers and worker advocates on edge. Source: Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides By Sheltering Them Indoors Draws Skepticism