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Bank claims ownership of radish seeds in cover crop dispute

- A bank has filed a lawsuit against numerous Oregon farms, claiming it owns the radish seeds they produced last year.

Nurseries told to stop overwhelming consumers with info

- Nurseries should resist the temptation to overwhelm consumers with plant information, participants were told at the recent Farwest Show.

Family company changes with the times

- R.M. Wade & Co. was started 150 years ago and is still operated by the descendants of its founder.

Farm seeks repayment for confiscated raisins

- A California farm is seeking repayment from USDA for raisins it turned over under an unconstitutional volume control program.

Former USDA inspector loses whistleblower lawsuit

- A former USDA inspector has lost a whistleblower lawsuit that accused the agency of ignoring food safety problems.

No Clean Water Act permit needed for Klamath drain

- Draining water from the Klamath Irrigation Project into the Klamath River doesn't necessitate a Clean Water Act permit, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held.

Judge says ‘no’ to motorized vehicles for juniper removal in wilderness

- Using vehicles for juniper removal in wilderness study areas is unlawful, according to a federal judge.

Oregon officials add up fire damage to obtain federal aid

- Damage reports must be completed before the federal government can declare the Canyon Creek Complex fire a major disaster and provide financial assistance.

State can provide little direct aid to fire victims

- A strict income test will likely prevent some Oregon residents who've lost homes from obtaining funds from a state relief program.

‘Plasticulture’ strawberries generate higher costs, profits

- Strawberries grown in a "plasticulture" system are more expensive to establish but can yield greater profits, experts say.

Investment firm plans to spend $300 million on farmland

- A new REIT is looking to buy up $300 million of farm properties in the Northwest and the South.

Medical records sought in pesticide lawsuit

- Defendants in a pesticide lawsuit claim the chief plaintiff has not turned over medical records.

More Oregon watersheds receive added regulatory oversight

- Oregon water quality program expands to include seven new watersheds.

Inspectors’ challenge to poultry rules dismissed

- A lawsuit that accuses new federal poultry slaughter rules of violating the law and endangering consumers was recently dismissed.

Divers prepare to yank irrigation-clogging weed

- Divers plant to remove flowering rush, a weed that clogs irrigation systems, from the Columbia river in late August.

Study: GMO labels don’t act as warnings

- A new study finds that GMO labels don't frighten consumers.

Lawsuit raises questions about landlord liability

- The liability of landlords for the farm labor practices of tenants is a key question in a pending legal case in Washington.

Predator control lawsuit resurrected

- An environmental lawsuit that challenges USDA's killing of predators to protect livestock has been resurrected after an earlier dismissal.

Chinese buyers seek Northwest food

- Chinese food buyers recently visited Oregon and Idaho to seek new suppliers.

Organic farm diversifies market channels

- John Eveland and Sally Brewer operate a diversified organic farm that has branched out over the years to include a farmstand, restaurant accounts, part ownership of a distributorship and other operations.

Forester no stranger to controversy

- Norm Johnson's role in forming the Northwest Forest Plan, which established a conservation and harvest regime for federal lands in 1994, is often cited as a signature achievement.

Outlook murky for port productivity proposals

- Doubts have been cast on the outlook of federal legislation intended to prevent port work slowdowns.

Experts offer pesticide alternatives in SWD fight

- Farmers will learn about alternatives to pesticides in the fight against the spotted wing drosophila during an Aug. 4 workshop.

Lawsuit blames insecticide for farm worker’s death

- The family of a deceased farm worker has filed a lawsuit blaming his terminal lung cancer on the pesticide aldicarb, which is produced by Bayer Cropscience.

Oregon Board of Forestry punts on no-logging buffers

- The Oregon Board of Foresry will wait to decide whether to expand no-logging buffers around streams.

No relief in sight for parched West

- The West is experiencing low stream flows but the summer dry season is far from over, so drought conditions are expected to become more severe.

Two farms accuse Conagra of contract breach

- Two potato farms in Washington have filed lawsuits accusing Conagra Foods of breaching crop-buying contracts. The company counters that the cases have no merit.

OSU to recruit slug researcher, other experts

- OSU will hire a slug researcher and other experts with additional funding.

Judge clears barred owl removal study

- A barred owl removal study doesn't violate environmental laws, a federal judge ruled.

Retailers expand dairy antitrust litigation

- Retailers are expanding antitrust litigation against dairy cooperatives.

Local GMO control initiative faces setback

- A ballot initiative that would overturn Oregon laws pre-empting local control over GMOs and pesticides was found by state attorneys to make overly broad changes to the Oregon Constitution.

Cattlemen’s groups join federal water rule fight

- New water regulations from the federal government are facing a growing number of lawsuits by agricultural groups.

Herbicide studies could lead to restrictions

- Four common pesticides will be studied for endangered species effects by federal regulators under a legal settlement.

USDA official: Women farmers have credibility

- USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden recently held a roundtable forum on women farmers in Silverton, Ore.

Marijuana can’t justify new farmland dwellings

- Marijuana cannot be used to qualify farmland for the development of new dwellings in Oregon, according to a bill passed by state lawmakers.

Grass seed suffers from drought, heat

- Grass seed yields are expected to be substantially reduced due to heat and drought.

Hawaii GMO battles will shape West’s rules

- GMO battles in Hawaii will shape the authority of state and local governments to regulate biotech crops in the seven states under the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction.

How Oregon’s legislative session impacts farmers

- Here's a summary of agriculture-related bills the Oregon Legislature passed during its 2015 session.