Mateusz Perkowski

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Oregon farm regulators may scale back federal inspections

- The Oregon Department of Agriculture may reduce the number of food safety inspections it conducts on behalf of federal authorities.

Environmentalists sue over USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves

- In 2014, the USDA’s analysis concluded its wolf control activities didn’t have significant environmental impacts, but five environmental groups challenged that finding in federal court.

Environmentalists challenge USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves

- wolves

Legality of Cascade-Siskiyou expansion challenged

- A lawsuit by 17 Oregon counties is challenging the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou national monument.

Oregon water regulators propose third transaction fee hike

- Oregon’s water regulators have proposed raising fees for water rights transactions for the third time since 2009.

Climate change panel urges delay in Oregon forest policy decisions

- A panel of climate change experts has urged Oregon lawmakers to delay forest policy decisions until more is known about offsetting emissions.

Bill would prevent employers from recovering attorney fees in wage disputes

- A bill before Oregon lawmakers would prevent employers from recovering attorney fees when they prevail in wage disputes.

Feds: Chinese fertilizer dumping warrants countervailing duties

- Chinese dumping of ammonium sulfate fertilizer warrants countervailing duties, according to U.S. trade authorities.

Lawmakers consider extending fish screen tax credit

- Under Senate Bill 172, the tax credit — which covers 50 percent of installation costs up to $5,000 — would expire in 2024 instead of 2018

Western roots expected to inform Gorsuch’s perspective

- The Western roots of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch are expected to inform his perspective in environmental cases.

Bill seeks reversal of Oregon GMO preemption

- Biotech critics want to reverse an Oregon pre-emption law against local restrictions on GMOs.

Oregon jobs recovery lags in some rural areas

- Oregon has recovered the jobs lost during the “great recession” but some rural areas still lag behind.

Oregon snowpack above average, for now

- Oregon snowpack

Oregon lawmakers urged to boost noxious weed spending by $1 million

- Oregon’s House Agriculture Committee is considering a bill to increase spending on noxious weed programs by $1 million.

Botulism-tainted feed killed 11,000 mink, lawsuit claims

- A lawsuit filed by an Oregon farm claims that feed tainted with botulism killed 11,000 of its mink.

Endangered Species Act lawsuit over pesticides resurrected

- Environmental groups have convinced the 9th Circuit to resurrect a lawsuit over pesticide impacts on protected species.

Oregon lawmakers consider stronger invasive mussel defenses

- Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill to strengthen regulatory defenses against invasive mussels that threaten irrigation systems.

Lawmakers backing pesticide restrictions poised to shape farm policy

- legislative

Oregon sees major hazelnut crop upswing

- Oregon’s hazelnut crop increased about 40 percent, to 43,300 tons, in 2016 compared to the previous year.

New ODA director eyes issues ranging from farm bill to GMOs

- Alexis Taylor

Unsecured pesticides cause costly mishaps, expert says

- While farmers aren’t required to secure pesticide containers during transport in Oregon, spills can lead to costly clean-ups.

Grazing halted to study impacts on Oregon spotted frog

- Cattle grazing in the Chemult Pasture of Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest has been halted by a federal judge while the U.S. Forest Service reconsiders impacts to the threatened Oregon spotted frog.

China’s economic outlook shrouded in mystery

- China

Judge orders destruction of radio collar data from wolves, elk

- Idaho wildlife officials must destroy radio collar data collected from wolves and elk.

‘Right to farm’ law among targets in Oregon Legislature

- legislative

Attorney: Workers’ comp retaliation lawsuit on the rise

- farm

Bob Lindsey recognized as Nut Grower of the Year

- nut grower

Oregon’s hazelnut boom gains momentum

- Enthusiasm for hazelnuts is high due to healthy prices and the availability of new cultivars resistant to eastern filbert blight.

Trump can scale back monument designations, experts say

- Antiquities

Experts: Farm machinery sales to level off after steep drop

- farm machinery

Blueberry farmers face price stress, expert says

- blueberry

Western Innovator: Farm offers visitors taste of county living

- farm

Ranchers dread effects of Cascade-Siskiyou monument expansion

- The expansion announced Thursday adds about 48,000 acres to southwestern Oregon monument.

Beware of intentional food adulteration, expert says

- food

Judge rules in million-dollar disputes

- An Idaho farmer is owed $1.3 million for potatoes, and a sweet potato fry processor wins its case against H.J. Heinz.

Supreme Court refuses to hear wetland case

- A one-acre parcel in South Dakota was determined to be wetland despite its conversion to farmland.

Environmentalists win $60,000 for blocking motorized juniper removal

- juniper

Counties pressured to exit $1.4 billion forest lawsuit

- forest

Port of Portland subsidy question kicked to Oregon Supreme Court

- longshore

GMO vegetable oil lawsuit to proceed


Oregon’s above-average snowpack is good news — for now

- Oregon

Farms’ lawsuit against California labor regulators revived

- California

The other Christmas crops: Unique plants create a niche market

- Christmas crops are a niche for Northwest farmers.