Mateusz Perkowski

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Philippines opens doors to some U.S. vegetables

- The Philippines recently began accepting several fresh U.S. vegetables and the country is a growing export destination for U.S. farm goods.

State inspectors refuse to enter United Grain terminal

- The United Grain Co. export facility in Vancouver, Wash., has stopped operating because state grain inspectors refuse to enter the facility due to pickets by the longshoremen's union.

Judge lifts order against log exporter

- A federal judge has cleared the way for an Astoria, Ore., log exporter to move logs owned by a major Chinese building materials company.

New powdery mildew strain appears in hops

- A new strain of powdery mildew has infected hopyards across the Northwest.

Two more mobile slaughter units vandalized

- Mobile slaughter trucks have again been targeted by animal rights acitivists.

Feds phase out neonicotinoid use on refuges

- Farmers who grow crops on national wildlife refuges in the Northwest won't be allowed to use neonicotinoid pesticides beginning in 2016.

Judge sets deadline for decision on butterfly

- Federal authorities must decide whether to list a rare Oregon butterfly as threatened or endangered by the end of June 2015.

EPA considers regs to curb herbicide resistance in weeds

- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may devise new restrictions to impede herbicide resistance in weeds due to genetically engineered crops.

S. Korea organic pact reopens doors

- South Korea has begun recognizing U.S. organic standards for processed foods as the equivalent of its own.

Study: Wolf attacks impact calf weight

- Wolves don't have an impact on cattle weight unless they kill a member of the herd, according to an economic study.

Terminal operators, union negotiating new pact

- Negotiations between longshoremen and container export terminals continue even as a contract has expired.

Christmas tree grower settles ‘hot goods’ case

- Bottomley Evergreens and Farms must pay $315,000 to settle allegations of labor law violations.

Farmworkers sue Oregon labor contractor

- Farmworkers have filed a lawsuit claiming their housing costs were unlawfully deducted from their wages.

GMO labeling initiative submitted

- GMO labeling proponents say they''ve collected more than enough signatures to get the issue in front of Oregon voters.

Tribal logging case appealed

- The Coquille Indian Tribe and federal authorities won a lawsuit in which environmentalists challenged logging on tribal land, but the ruling has been appealed.

Pesticides one of many factors impacting bees, expert says

- An Oregon task force on pollinators and pesticides met for the first time in Salem, Ore., on June 30.

Judge: Longshoremen violate court order

- A federal judge has cited the longshoremen's union for contempt of court for disrupting grain shipments.

Activists claim sabotage of mobile slaughter businesses

- Animal activists say they sabotaged vehicles used by two mobile slaughtering businesses in Oregon's Willamette Valley in recent weeks.

GE bluegrass raises concerns for grass seed growers

- Kentucky bluegrass genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate herbicides may be commercialized by a major lawn and garden company.

Ranchers sue BLM over grazing, water

- Ranchers are in a dispute over water rights and grazing with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in southeastern Oregon.

Long clover variety blocks weed growth

- Balansa clover grows thick mats of stems, some more than 10 feet long, to suppress weeds. An Oregon company is seeking to commercialize the clover as a cover crop.

Labor Department to appeal ‘hot goods’ case

- Federal labor regulators want to appeal a court ruling that found they abused the "hot goods" provision of labor law by threatening to block shipments of perishable crops.

GMO label supporters spend $630,000 to collect signatures

- Proponents of mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods have spent $630,000 to collect signatures and get a ballot initiative before Oregon voters in November.

Dairy group can’t intervene in undercover video law challenge

- A federal judge has ruled an Idaho dairy group can't intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit over a state law that prohibits undercover filming of farm operations.

Judge denies request to close Oregon allotment

- Cattle grazing in an Oregon national forest will be allowed to proceed, as a federal judge rejected an environmentalist request for a preliminary injunction against the practice.

Court overturns special H-2A herder rules

- A federal appeals court has found the U.S. Labor Department violated adminsitrative law by approving special procedures for livestock herders under the H-2A guest worker program.

Supreme Court upholds H-2A ruling

- The nation's highest court has let stand a ruling that requires farmers who hire guest workers under the H-2A program to repay travel expenses within a week, rather than halfway through the employment contract.

S. Korea eyes more food imports from NW, elsewhere

- Food importers from South Korea recently stopped by Oregon during an incoming trade mission.

High court opens door to false advertising claims

- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling about alleged juice misbranding opens the door to new lawsuits over false advertising in the food industry.

Group sues over water diversions on national forest

- The Idaho Conservation League is suing federal agencies over agricultural water diversions in Idaho's Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Service tracks regional organic prices

- The Mercaris startup company is hoping to improve the transparency of organic grain prices.

Organic competition heats up

- Organic advocates are wary of large corporate players changing the structure of the organic industry.

Pesticide settlement raises question mark

- A proposed legal settlement would require no-spray buffer zones for several pesticides along the West Coast, but critics question its enforceability.

Grain handler sued over Clean Water Act claim

- Louis Dreyfus Commodities is accused of violating the Clean Water Act in a lawsuit filed by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

Investment firm increases land buys

- A farmland real estate investment trust recently bought new properties in Oregon, bringing the land under its control to 6,200 acres.

Peerbolt links farmers, researchers

- Tom Peerbolt is a crop consultant who works with berry growers and scientists across the Northwest.

Sakuma drops H-2A plans; farmworkers continue lawsuit

- A lawsuit against Sakuma Bros. Farms will proceed despite the company's withdrawal from the federal H-2A guest worker program.

GMO ban could snare conventionally bred crops

- A biotech crop ban in Oregon's Jackson County may spur lawsuits against growers of conventional crops, according to critics.

Oregon landowners seek pipeline protections

- Oregon landowners should have more negotiating leverage against natural gas pipeline developers, according to a property rights group.

Sage grouse bounces back after population dip

- Sage grouse numbers dropped steeply in Oregon as the result of a drought in 2012, but bounced back the following year.

Curry County residents take pesticide complaints to Capitol

- Residents ask Oregon Legislature for stronger regulation of aerial appllicators to control off-target spraying.

Farm workers sue Sakuma Bros. over housing

- Sakuma Bros. Farms is facing a lawsuit from a farmworkers group over access to seasonal housing for families.

Dutch company seeks payment for bulbs

- A Netherlands company claims a Washington state firm owes money for bulbs it purchased.