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Eastern Oregon water reservations renewed

- Irrigators can develop up to 144,100 acre feet in Eastern Oregon with the renewal of water reservations in three basins.

USDA clears new GMO potato variety

- A new variety of potato genetically modified without plant pests can be commercialized without undergoing USDA's deregulatory process for biotech crops.

Supreme Court turns down Hage lawsuit appeal

- Lawsuit against deceased "Sagebrush Rebellion" icon Wayne Hage won't be reviews by Supreme Court.

Oregon water regulators seek $3 million

- Oregon water regulators seek $3 million to deal with groundwater concerns.

Settlement deal possible in Oregon Clean Water Act lawsuit

- A settlement appears possible in a Clean Water Act lawsuit against an Oregon farmer.

Oregon irrigation district urges dismissal of water lawsuit

- An Oregon irrigation district wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of cheating farmers out of water.

Oregon barn fire leads to wetland dispute

- An Oregon hay exporter whose barns burned down is accused of wetland violations after trying to rebuild.

Christmas tree promotions available to farmers

- Christmas tree promotional are available to farmers to download for free.

Deere claims rival sparked antitrust fight

- Deere & Co. claims that competitor CNH was the "driving force" behind a federal antitrust lawsuit.

Solar panels on high-value farmland raise concerns

- Solardevelopment on prime farmland in Oregon has raised concerns in the agricultural industry.

Judge rejects Idaho anti-grazing arguments

- Sheep grazing's impact on sage grouse was sufficiently studied on 220,000 publicly owned acres in Idaho, a judge has ruled.

Class certification raises stakes in $1.4 billion Oregon forest lawsuit

- The certification of a class action lawsuit has raised the stakes of Oregon in litigation over its forest management.

Longshoremen oppose defunct subsidy program

- The longshoremen's union is fighting a Port of Portland subsidy program that effectively kept its members employed.

Barns, farm structures find new life

- Reclaimed lumber from old barns and other farm buildings is popular among home renovators and wood workers.

Proposed Oregon bike trail unnerves farmers

- A proposed rail-to-trail project in Oregon's Yamhill County has farmers worried about conflicts with agriculture.

Lawsuit accuses Owyhee Irrigation District of shorting water

- A lawsuit claims Owyhee Irrigation District in Oregon's Malheur County delivered insufficient water to a farming couple.

Judge refuses to dismiss USDA organic lawsuit

- A lawsuit over USDA policy for synthetic substances in organic farming has been allowed to proceed by a federal judge.

Attorney fees denied in Josephine County GMO lawsuit

- Supporters of Josephine County's GMO ban won't have to pay the attorney fees of farmers who defeated the ordinance in court.

CAFO air quality lawsuit dismissed

- A lawsuit over the federal government's lack of Clean Air Act regulations for CAFOs has been dismissed.

Western Innovator: Nursery grower ventures into hemp

- Nursery grower Barry Cook is diversifying his operation to include hemp.

Portland container shipping faces broad challenges

- Container shipping from the Port of Portland faces broader challenges than the labor dispute that discontinued service last year.

Oregon lawmakers discuss groundwater problems

- Groundwater proposals are likely to be debated during the 2017 legislative session.

Feds urge against Supreme Court review of Hage dispute

- Federal agencies don't want the U.S. Supreme Court to review a legal dispute with Wayne Hage, an iconic Nevada rancher.

Some farm groups endorse Hanson for ODA chief

- Several farm group's want Lisa Hanson, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's deputy director, to be appointed the permanent chief of the agency.

Nursery adopts plasticulture for trees

- Northwoods Nursery has found plasticulture improves weed control, water retention, plant growth.

ODA plans for both budget cuts, increases

- Oregon Department of Agriculture has two budget schemes as state's finances are still in the air.

Glyphosate-resistant tumbleweed discovered in NE Oregon

- Tumbleweed resistant to glyphosate has been confirmed in Oregon's Morrow County.

Oregon conservation easement program will seek $4.25 million

- A new program focused on conservation easements to protect farmland will seek $4.25 million from Oregon lawmakers next year.

Lawsuit alleges glyphosate-cancer link

- A lawsuit against the Monsanto Co. claims glyphosate herbicide caused a Washington man's cancer.

Study: Consumers prefer gene-disrupting pesticides over GMOs

- Consumers prefer RNAi biopesticides over GMOs, a study found.

Oregon nursery, landlord prevail in sexual harassment lawsuit

- Carlton Plants and the landlord, Carlton Nursery, won a lawsuit in which they were accused of creating a hostile work environment by ineffectively responding to a sexual harassment complaint.

County’s $1.4B timber lawsuit survives state’s motion to dismiss

- Oregon's attorneys have failed to convince a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks $1.4 billion from the state for allegedly mismanaging timberlands.

Deere faces antitrust fight over seed planting firm

- The John Deere Co. will take on the federal government in an antitrust dispute.

Oregon farm supplier expands fertilizer capacity

- Marion Ag Service is building a new facility that will expand its fertilizer storage more than seven-fold.

Oregon State Fair livestock competition affirms breeding efforts

- Sheep breeder Monte Forster has participated in livestock competitions at the Oregon State Fair for 55 years.

USDA shifts GMO labeling policy for meat, eggs

- Meat and eggs raised without GMO feed can now be labeled as such, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Oregon wild horse roundup canceled

- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has canceled a planned roundup of wild horses in Eastern Oregon due to a fire.

Northwest hydropower study due in five years

- Federaul authorities must studythe environmental effects of altered Northwest hydropower operations by 2021.