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Raw milk advertising closer to legality in Oregon

- A key legislative committee has voted to approve raw milk advertising and to prohibit hunting and fishing with drones in Oregon.

Judge: GMO labels constitutional

- Supporters of GMO labeling believe a Vermont ruling buttresses the case for similar requirements in other states.

Judge tosses out ranchers’ lawsuit against BLM

- A lawsuit filed by ranchers against BLM was thrown out by a federal judge.

Artificial beaver dam bill advances Oregon House

- A proposal to streamline permitting for fake beaver dams has progressed in the Oregon House.

Questions persist on urban farm tax relief

- Agricultural incentive zones, which provide tax relief for urban farmers in Oregon, have crossed a key legislative hurdle.

Agritourism bill overcomes trial lawyer opposition

- Legislation that would reduce the exposure of agritourism operators to lawsuits has passed a key legislative committee in Oregon.

GMO control area proposal dies in Oregon House

- Legislation in Oregon to create control areas for increased regulation of GMOs has died in a key House committee.

$2 million pesticide bill approve by House Ag Committee

- An additional $2 million in funding for pesticide enforcement was approved by a key Oregon legislative committee.

Klamath water transfer bill passes committee

- A bill allowing water transfers in the Klamath Basin was approved by a key Oregon legislative committee.

Antibiotics bill stays alive, heads to Senate Rules panel

- A bill limiting antibiotics in livestock has stayed alive in the Oregon legislature after moving to a new committee.

Industrial reserve bill falls short in committee

- A proposal to designate large lot industrial reserves of up to 500 acres outside urban growth boundaries in three Oregon counties has failed.

Bill centers on conflicts between mines, farmland

- A bill before Oregon lawmakers deals with conflicts between farming and mining.

Oregon bill proposes predator control districts

- A bill before Oregon lawmakers would raise funds for predator control through special county tax districts.

Bill would require reduced farmland impact from transmission lines

- Transmission lines across farmland would be subject to greater scrutiny by county governments under a proposed bill in Oregon.

Oregon GMO critics, proponents agree on mediation system

- A bill that would encourage mediation between farmers engaged in disputes over biotech, conventional and organic crops in Oregon is headed for a vote on the House floor.

Foreign markets loom large in GMO litigation

- Litigation over China's rejection of a biotech trait could set an important precedent, experts say.

Key committee approves canola extension

- A proposal to extend canola production in Oregon's Willamette Valley was approved by the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on April 14. The bill now moves to a vote on the House floor with a "do pass" rec...

Experts: Marijuana may spur home-building on farmland

- Marijuana production can ease the income test to build farm dwellings in Oregon, which will likely lead to land use rule changes, experts say.

Increased scrutiny proposed for trails on farmland

- Recreational trails would be subject to conditional use permits in farm zones under a bill in Oregon.

Farm groups split on grass seed reporting

- Grass seed dealers would be required to turn inventory information over to Oregon farm regulators under a bill considered by lawmakers.

Tax relief proposed for urban farms

- Legislation would create tax incentives for urban farms in Oregon.

Proposal aims to override Oregon’s GMO pre-emption

- A proposed ballot initiative in Oregon would allow local government regulation of GMO, which is currently pre-empted by state law.

‘Industrial reserve’ bill criticized for threatening farmland

- Legislation that would allow several Oregon counties to designate large industrial areas outside their urban growth boundaries faced criticism during a Monday hearing.

Livestock antibiotic bill divides doctors, veterinarians

- A bill to limit antibiotics in livestock was recently considered by lawmakers in the Oregon Senate. A similar bill is proposed in the Oregon House.

Canola controversy resurfaces in Oregon

- A bill to extend limited canola production in Oregon's Willamette Valley has reignited a dispute before state lawmakers.

Controversy over beekeeping standards defused

- A bill to create best practices for residential beekeeping in Oregon has passed a key committee.

GMO label proponents tout glyphosate cancer finding

- A controversial finding that links glyphosate with cancer supports the legality of mandatory GMO labeling, supporters say.

Controversy over federal land transfer potentially moot

- Opinions clashed on a proposal to transfer federal land to state ownership, but legal experts say the Oregon bill lacks a solid legal foundation.

Portland ag exports still hinge on labor dispute

- The Port of Portland is unlikely to offer full contaner shipping service to Asia until the longshoremen's union resolves its dispute with a terminal operator, an official says.

Fake beaver dam bill divides environmentalists

- Legislation that would encourage landowners to build artificial beaver dams as part of a pilot project has run into opposition from some environmentalists.

Oregon farm zone changes raise concerns

- Bills that change allowable uses in farm zones have made farm and property rights groups uncomfortable, albeit for different reasons.

Expert: Oregon neonic ban would be disruptive

- Banning neonicotinoid pesticides could spur farmers to use more toxic chemicals, an expert testified before Oregon lawmakers.

Slugs remain a mystery, experts say

- Farmers and researchers recently discussed the mysteries surrounding slugs at Oregon State University's "Slug Summit," in Salem, Ore., on March 25.

Oregon bill would regulate use of antibiotics in livestock

- Oregon lawmakers are considering restricting antibiotics in livestock production.

Klamath water transfer bill draws suspicion

- Bills that would allow irrigators in the Klamath Basin to lease or transfer water rights have drawn suspicion from opponents of broader legal settlements that require dam removal.

Oregon lawmakers ponder increase in farm-to-school grants

- A boost in Oregon farm-to-school funding was approved by the House Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use and Water.

Sprayer drone suited to awkward terrain

- An unmanned helicopter shows promise in spraying pesticides across uneven terrain, like vineyards.

Drone industry awaits government regulations

- Regulations for drones are still pending but commercial operators are eager to operate.

$2 million sought for bee health in Oregon

- A $2 million funding package pollinator research is being considered by Oregon lawmakers but a beekeeper group is concerned about how their assessment fees would be spent.

Precision ag faces growing pains, experts say

- Precision agriculture faces constraints as more devices compete for wireless bandwidth, experts say.

Judge overturns ‘test case’ logging project

- A timber project aimed at testing new harvesting strategies on federal forests was rejected by a federal judge.

Blueberry growers advised to tread carefully

- Farmers received expert advice on growing blueberries at Oregon State University's recent Blueberry School in Corvallis, Ore.

Forester no stranger to controversy

- Forester Norm Johnson is no stranger to controversy.

Trial lawyers oppose agritourism proposal

- Trial lawyers oppose a bill that aims to protect agritourism operations from some lawsuits in Oregon.

Regulators seek authority to revoke nursery shipping permits

- Legislation would give Oregon farm regulators the power to revoke nursery shipping permits.

Bill requires natural resource rule alert

- Lawmakers would have to be alerted to changes in natural resource regulations under a bill in the Oregon legislature.

Doubts linger over $750,000 water grant proposal

- A proposal to spend $750,000 to help Oregon communities plan for water projects met with uneven support from irrigator groups.

County mulls marijuana farm zone exclusion

- Legalized marijuana in Oregon has raised questions about how the psychoactive crop will fit into the state's land use system.

Oregon GMO authority debated

- Oregon lawmakers are considering new regulations on cultivating GMOs.