Mateusz Perkowski

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Wash. wheat farmer found GM plants in 2007

- A USDA investigation found a Washington farmer had experienced problems with glyphosate-resistant wheat in 2007 but destroyed the crop before it could be tested for a transgenic trait.

Wheat groups to get compensation in GMO settlement

- Wheat industry groups will receive money as part of a settlement of the lawsuit wheat farmers filed against Monsanto over an unauthorized release of biotech wheat.

Food safety warnings aren’t a ‘taking,’ judge rules

- Incorrect food safety warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that caused tomato prices to plunge were not unconstitutional government takings, according to a court ruling.

‘Terroir’ matters in cheese, researcher finds

- Lisbeth Goddik of Oregon State University helps the dairy industry resolve problems in milk and cheese production.

Unauthorized GMO wheat in Montana

- USDA said more biotech wheat was found at a former field trial site in Montana but it's unrelated to a 2013 unauthorized release in Oregon. The agency has ended its investigation into the Oregon incident without firm conclu...

Oregon land issues may spark legislative fixes

- A land use expert says conflicts between farming and otherland uses in Oregon may spark new legislative proposals.

Oregon Board of Ag sets legislative agenda

- The Oregon Board of Agriculture is narrowing down a list of priorities it will present to the Legislature.

Ranchers criticize response to Ore. fire

- Some ranchers are criticizing the fire-fighting response to a blaze that burned 66,000 acres in eastern Oregon.

Green candidate crashes Kitzhaber, Richardson appearance

- While Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican challenge Republican Dennis Richardson made their first joint appearance of the campaign,the Pacific Green Party candidate for governor crashed their debate.

DOL says it can’t return all the ‘hot goods’ money

- The U.S. Department of Labor claims it can't come up with the cash to fully reimburse Oregon farmers for the $220,000 it unlawfully coerced from them.

Engineered moths could reduce pest population

- Biotech moths may allow farmers to control pests without chemicals.

Impact of labeling law on farmers debated

- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms say an Oregon ballot initiative would create legal risks for growers.

Groups sue to stop barred owl eradication

- Animal rights groups want to stop an experiment that involves killing barred owls to help federally protected spotted owls.

Biomass firms sue feds for $22 million

- Biomass energy facilities in California have filed a lawsuit that claims the U.S. Treasury owes them about $22 million.

Court voids ConAgra liability in bin blast

- ConAgra is not liable for more than $140 million in damages related to a grain bin explosion that injured three people, a federal appeals court ruled.

Judge allows lawsuit against EPA to proceed

- Critics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can proceed with a lawsuit that accuses top agency officials of unlawfully deleting text messages.

DOL fights return of ‘hot goods’ fines

- The U.S. Labor Department wants a federal judge to dismiss roughly $370,000 in counterclaims filed by farmers who were coerced into settlement deals with the agency.

Environmentalists try to block timber salvage

- Environmentalistis are seeking an injunction against salvage logging of burned trees in Southern Oregon, alleging harm to the threatened spotted owl.

Court upholds LUBA decision on landfill

- Opponents of a landfill expansion in Oregon's Yamhill County can't challenge a key zoning decision that cleared the way for the project.

Farmers, Monsanto reach tentative deal

- A tentative settlement deal has been reached in a lawsuit between soft white wheat growers and the Monsanto Co. over an unauthorized release of biotech wheat last year. Details are not yet available.

Judge refuses to dismiss Idaho ‘ag gag’ challenge

- A federal judge has refused to throw out a challenge to Idaho's so-called "ag gag" law.

Brewery grows its own ingredients

- Rogue Ales is partnering with an Oregon farmer to secure much of its hop supply and produce other beer ingredients.

Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force

- An Oregon task force on genetic engineering has not received answers from federal authorities about their regulation of biotech crops.

Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force

- An Oregon task force on genetic engineering has not received answers from federal authorities about their regulation of biotech crops.

Union, terminal operators reach deal on healthcare

- The longshoremen's union has reached a healthcare agreement with terminal operators represented by the Pacific Maritime Association.

Oregon GMO labeling fight hinges on urban vote

- An Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms faces uncertain prospects among voters.

Groups seek glyphosate limits to protect butterflies

- Monarch butterflies are declining in number due to herbicide spraying related to biotech crops, environmental groups claim.

ODA wants to renew water availability in five basins

- A program that allows Oregon farmers to appropriate new water rights by building storage projects may be renewed by state regulators.

Judge rules against county GMO regulations

- A court ruling on genetically modified organism regulations in Hawaii's Kauai County may have implications for other litigation over biotech crops.

Longshormen lose refer container work

- The longshoremen's union has lost two jobs plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers at the Port of Portland due to lagging productivity.

Longshore workers OK Northwest grain deal

- Longshoremen have OK's a new contract with Northwest grain handlers and will return to work Wednesday.

DOL can’t appeal ruling on ‘hot goods’ deals

- The U.S. Labor Department won't be able to immediately appeal an order that threw out "hot goods" settlements with Oregon farmers.

Court rules in elevator’s favor in biotech dispute

- The Syngenta biotech firm cannot force the Bunge grain elevator company to accept its Agrisure Viptera variety of genetically engineered corn, a federal appeals court ruled.

Buffer agreement awaits judge’s approval

- Federal regulators have finalized a deal with environmentalists regarding no-spray pesticide buffers around waterways.

After late start, water fund begins to take shape

- Two task forces charged with shaping Oregon 's $10 million water supply fund held their first joint meeting on Aug. 15.

Tree Top sues over blueberry shipment

- Tree Top, a farmers cooperative, is suing Naturipe, a berry producer, over a shipment of blueberries that allegedly contained pistachios.

Labor deal eases fears of grain export disruptions

- Longshoremen and grain exporters have struck a tentative deal, which has eased the mind of the Northwest grain industry.

Dairies sue EPA to keep records private

- Dairies in Washington are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prevent public disclosure of their confidential data.

Hazelnut growers target pathogens, pests

- Various aspects of food safety in the hazelnut industry and other topices were discussed during a recent tour organized by the Nut Growers Society.

Labor Dept. renews, expands litigation against berry farm

- The U.S. Labor Department has filed a new lawsuit against a Washington blueberry farm.

USDA refuses inspectors for United Grain terminal

- USDA is refusing to conduct grain inspections at a major export facility, effectively shutting down most exports.

COOL ruling could impact a GMO label lawsuit

- A recent ruling on country-of-origin labeling may have implications in legal battles over the labeling of genetically modified organisms.

Oregon misses key water supply fund deadline

- A water supply fund in Oregon may be delayed because key reports were not finished by the July 1 deadline.

Organic farm diversifies market channels

- Gathering Together Farm relies on multiple sales channels to sell its organic produce.