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USDA cannot restrict GMO pine

- A genetically modified variety of pine developed by Arborgen cannot be restricted by USDA, the agency has determined.

Expert: Rising blueberry tide no reason for panic

- Blueberry production has grown but demand is also rising, according to a global data expert.

TV producer finds symbiosis with nurseries

- Jeff Gustin connects nurseries and gardeners with his weekly television show.

Ring rot sparks $1 million potato lawsuit

- A dispute over bacterial ring rot contamination in potatoes has sparked a $1 million lawsuit between Oregon and Idaho farms.

Environmentalists protest ‘test case’ logging project

- Environmentalists want to stop a "test case" logging project that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management claims restores forest resilience.

Pasteurization expected to shield hazelnut farmers

- Pasteurization equipment recently installed at the Hazelnut Growers of Oregon processing facility is expected to shield suppliers from on-farm food safety regulations.

Raisin ruling may impact crop volume controls

- A farmer's legal challenge to USDA's marketing order for raisins will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have an impact on other volume controls for crops.

Lawmaker: Oregon farm industry vulnerable in 2015 legislature

- Speakers at the Dunn Carney law firm's annual Ag Summit provided an outlook for Oregon's upcoming legislative session.

DOL complicates minimum wage enforcement, attorney says

- The U.S. Department of Labor plans to change its enforcement of minimum wage law for piece rate workers, potentially complicating record keeping for farmers.

Governor seeks to expand Oregon’s GMO authority

- A bill introduced at the behest of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber would increase the authority of state farm regulators to create "control areas" for biotech crops.

Google Glass undergoes upgrades

- Google is stopping sale of its Glass wearable computer devices for now, but applications for agriculture and other professions are possible in the future.

DOL drops ‘hot goods’ charges against growers

- Charges of "hot goods" labor law violations against Oregon blueberry farmers have been dropped by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Deal on Oregon water fund struck

- An agreement has been struck on the key functions of Oregon's water supply development fund.

Researcher-farmer named Nut Grower of the Year

- Harry Lagerstedt, a retired researcher and nut grower, was honored as the top grower at the recent industry meeting in Corvallis, Ore.

Opponents of Oregon’s “right to farm” law can revive lawsuit

- A lawsuit against Oregon 's right to farm law was dismissed but its opponents can resurrect their constitutional challenge, a judge ruled.

Hazelnut farmers squeeze profits from sickly orchards

- High hazelnut prices are making growers reluctant to remove diseased orchards that still produce solid yields.

CEO draws link between food safety, worker treatment

- The CEO of a major baking company say to get workers committed to food safety, companies must show them respect.

Justices won’t question California Delta smelt protections

- The high court rejected appeals from farmers in California’s Central Valley and urban water districts that had challenged a plan to protect the 3-inch-long Delta smelt.

FDA to begin implementing food safety rules

- The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to implement new food safety rules.

Monarch butterfly protections could restrict GMOs

- A petition to list the monarch butterfly as a threatened species has set the stage for another battle over biotech crops.

Idaho’s “ag gag” law faces constitutional test

- Opponents and supporters of Idaho's prohibition against secret recordings of farm operations will soon face off in federal court over the law's constitutionality.

Mediators prevent port dispute from escalating

- Federal mediators are expected to prevent a labor contract dispute between longshoremen and container terminal operators from escalating, but disruptions to agricultural exports won't end soon.

Governor to propose Oregon GMO bill

- A bill related to genetic engineering in Oregon will be introduced by Gov. John Kitzhaber in the upcoming legislative session now that a key task force report is done.

ODA hopes to allow hemp planting this spring

- Oregon plans to adopt rules fro growing hemp in February but proponents of the crop want to remove prohibitions on the use of hemp seed in cosmetic and food products.

Biotech energy crop may be regulated as weed

- Ceres Inc. has developed a biotech variety of sorghum for ethanol production but USDA is thinking of regulating it as a noxious weed.

Judge’s decision puts brakes on forest thinning in NE Oregon

- Logging has been suspended in the 29,000-acre Snow Basin timber thinning project in Oregon's Wallowa-Whitman national forest.

Longshoremen blame terminal operators for port congestion

- Longshoremen are blaming port congestion on container terminal operators but have not decided whether to let federal mediators participate in labor contract negotiations.

USDA clears GMO tall fescue

- A new GMO variety of tall fescue turfgrass that's resistant to glyphosate herbicides has been cleared for cultivation by USDA.

Judge: Longshoremen’s work slowdowns violate court order

- The longshoremen's union has been found in contempt of court for violating an injunction against work slowdowns at the Port of Portland.

Federal mediators asked to intervene in port dispute

- Container terminal operators are asking for federal mediators to intervene in labor contract negotiations with the longshoremen's union.

Farm groups hope for clearer food safety regs

- Food safety rules leave some farm sectors with questions about on-farm processing.

9th Circuit upholds irrigation restrictions

- A federal appeals court has upheld a biological opinion that imposed restrictions on California irrigators.

Butcher store chain CEO disappears, employees claim

- J'Amy Owens, CEO of the upscale Bill the Butcher chain of meat shops, has fled or gone into hiding, employees claim.

Farm regulators increase scrutiny of water quality

- Increased scrutiny of water quality by Oregon's agriculture experts may convince landowners to voluntarily improve stream conditions on their properties.

Critics say USDA too close to food industry it regulates

- Critics say the USDA is too beholden to processors as the agency's inspectors monitor how food is handled.

Longshore union leaders go home; port talks continue

- A caucus of longshoremen's union leaders did not approve a labor contract deal with container terminal operators, but the meeting could be a sign negotiations are progressing.

Officials agree not to enforce GMO ban pending trial

- Oregon's Jackson County will not enforce a ban on genetically engineered crops while a lawsuit over the prohibition is underway.

Water supply task force inches forward

- An Oregon water fund task force is making progress toward a compromise that would make $10 million available for water storage projects.

Rain above average, but snow lagging in Washington, Oregon

- Snowpacks are inadequate in Oregon and Washington but Idaho has fared better so far.

Labeling supporters concede recount loss

- The fight over GMO labeling in Oregon is over for now as Measure 92 supporters say they've lost their recount.

Port extends ocean carrier subsidies

- The Port of Portland will continue paying subsidies to ocean carriers so they don't abandon its container terminal facility, which agricultural exporters rely on.

Expiration of farm property tax exemptions proposed

- An Oregon bill proposes ending property tax exemptions for farms in 2018.

Union caucus may lead to progress on port deal

- Agricultural exporters hope an upcoming caucus of longshoremen's union leaders will help resolve a dispute with container terminal operators that has caused shipping disruptions.

Lawmakers mull exempting small counties from land use rules

- Counties with low populations and slow growth would be exempt from Oregon land use planning goals under a bill that will be considered by lawmakers next year.

ODA seeks to double pesticide fines

- Oregon farm regulators want to double pesticide violation fines, but environmental groups are likely to call for even higher increases during the 2015 legislative session.

Ag board looks at conservation easement strategy

- Oregon farm regulators may want to strategically guide conservation easements to protect farmland from development.

New water rules elude task force

- An Oregon task force is still trying to hammer out rules for making $10 million available for water projects.

Hawaii GMO ban overturned

- A Hawaiian county's ban on biotech crops was overturned by a federal judge, but critics of genetic engineering say they scored an important legal point in the ruling.