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DOL seeks additional charges against growers

- The U.S. Department of Labor wants to expand litigation against Oregon blueberry farmers accused of "hot goods" labor law violations.

Economist doubts population projections

- Projections of massive global population growth may be inflated, which casts doubt on the notion of long term upward pressure on commodity crop prices, an economist says.

77,000-acre cattle operation changes hands

- Another large property in Central Oregon recently changed hands.

Josephine County to vote on pesticide ban

- Opponents of a proposed ban on commercial pesticide use in Oregon's Josephine County say the measure is pre-empted by state law but could nonetheless spur vandalism, trespass and assault.

Trading company sues Smithfield after Russia trade ban

- A legal dispute has erupted between a major pork producer and a trading company due to a Russian ban on U.S. farm products.

Task force members differ over water diversions

- Several representatives of farm and irrigation associations criticized the direction of a task force that’s studying how much water can be withdrawn from streams during periods of high seasonal flows, such as during ...

Organic industry confused by GMO vaccines

- A lack of clarity about which livestock vaccines are made with genetically modified organisms is creating confusion in the organic industry.

Vermont’s GMO label law faces legal test

- A federal judge will hear oral arguments over Vermont's genetically modified organism labeling law in mid-December.

Hawaii GMO case heads for court

- Oral arguments over a Hawaiian county's ban on genetically modified organisms will be held on Oct. 23.

Judge tosses out non-compete agreements

- A dairy genetics company has lost a lawsuit against artificial insemination technicians in Washington who defected to another firm.

Northwest farmland prices avoid Midwestern slump

- Farmland values in the Northwest won't be affected by a decline in prices in the Midwest, experts say.

Group appeals after losing log salvage lawsuit

- Environmentalists have appealed a court ruling that allows salvage logging of burned trees in Southern Oregon.

Ochoco Lumber completes 32,000-acre sale

- Ochoco Lumber has sold 32,000 acres for $18.5 million and some of the funds will go to upgrade its sawmill and biomass facilities in John Day, Ore.

Irrigation-clogging weed arrives in Oregon

- Flowering rush, a Eurasian aquatic weed, was found for the first time in Oregon this summer and is already creating problems in other states by clogging irrigation canals.

Several NW grazing cases decided in federal court

- Several lawsuits over grazing plans have been decided by federal judges in Idaho and Oregon.

Critics claim contract weakens longshoremen’s union

- A labor consultant and a labor history professor claim the longshoremen's union was weakened in its recent contract with grain exporters, which will reduce the risk of shipping disruptions.

Wash. wheat farmer found GM plants in 2007

- A USDA investigation found a Washington farmer had experienced problems with glyphosate-resistant wheat in 2007 but destroyed the crop before it could be tested for a transgenic trait.

Wheat groups to get compensation in GMO settlement

- Wheat industry groups will receive money as part of a settlement of the lawsuit wheat farmers filed against Monsanto over an unauthorized release of biotech wheat.

Food safety warnings aren’t a ‘taking,’ judge rules

- Incorrect food safety warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that caused tomato prices to plunge were not unconstitutional government takings, according to a court ruling.

‘Terroir’ matters in cheese, researcher finds

- Lisbeth Goddik of Oregon State University helps the dairy industry resolve problems in milk and cheese production.

Unauthorized GMO wheat in Montana

- USDA said more biotech wheat was found at a former field trial site in Montana but it's unrelated to a 2013 unauthorized release in Oregon. The agency has ended its investigation into the Oregon incident without firm conclu...

Oregon land issues may spark legislative fixes

- A land use expert says conflicts between farming and otherland uses in Oregon may spark new legislative proposals.

Oregon Board of Ag sets legislative agenda

- The Oregon Board of Agriculture is narrowing down a list of priorities it will present to the Legislature.

Ranchers criticize response to Ore. fire

- Some ranchers are criticizing the fire-fighting response to a blaze that burned 66,000 acres in eastern Oregon.

Green candidate crashes Kitzhaber, Richardson appearance

- While Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican challenge Republican Dennis Richardson made their first joint appearance of the campaign,the Pacific Green Party candidate for governor crashed their debate.

DOL says it can’t return all the ‘hot goods’ money

- The U.S. Department of Labor claims it can't come up with the cash to fully reimburse Oregon farmers for the $220,000 it unlawfully coerced from them.

Engineered moths could reduce pest population

- Biotech moths may allow farmers to control pests without chemicals.

Impact of labeling law on farmers debated

- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms say an Oregon ballot initiative would create legal risks for growers.

Groups sue to stop barred owl eradication

- Animal rights groups want to stop an experiment that involves killing barred owls to help federally protected spotted owls.

Biomass firms sue feds for $22 million

- Biomass energy facilities in California have filed a lawsuit that claims the U.S. Treasury owes them about $22 million.

Court voids ConAgra liability in bin blast

- ConAgra is not liable for more than $140 million in damages related to a grain bin explosion that injured three people, a federal appeals court ruled.

Judge allows lawsuit against EPA to proceed

- Critics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can proceed with a lawsuit that accuses top agency officials of unlawfully deleting text messages.

DOL fights return of ‘hot goods’ fines

- The U.S. Labor Department wants a federal judge to dismiss roughly $370,000 in counterclaims filed by farmers who were coerced into settlement deals with the agency.

Environmentalists try to block timber salvage

- Environmentalistis are seeking an injunction against salvage logging of burned trees in Southern Oregon, alleging harm to the threatened spotted owl.

Court upholds LUBA decision on landfill

- Opponents of a landfill expansion in Oregon's Yamhill County can't challenge a key zoning decision that cleared the way for the project.

Farmers, Monsanto reach tentative deal

- A tentative settlement deal has been reached in a lawsuit between soft white wheat growers and the Monsanto Co. over an unauthorized release of biotech wheat last year. Details are not yet available.

Judge refuses to dismiss Idaho ‘ag gag’ challenge

- A federal judge has refused to throw out a challenge to Idaho's so-called "ag gag" law.

Brewery grows its own ingredients

- Rogue Ales is partnering with an Oregon farmer to secure much of its hop supply and produce other beer ingredients.

Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force

- An Oregon task force on genetic engineering has not received answers from federal authorities about their regulation of biotech crops.

Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force

- An Oregon task force on genetic engineering has not received answers from federal authorities about their regulation of biotech crops.

Union, terminal operators reach deal on healthcare

- The longshoremen's union has reached a healthcare agreement with terminal operators represented by the Pacific Maritime Association.

Oregon GMO labeling fight hinges on urban vote

- An Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms faces uncertain prospects among voters.

Groups seek glyphosate limits to protect butterflies

- Monarch butterflies are declining in number due to herbicide spraying related to biotech crops, environmental groups claim.

ODA wants to renew water availability in five basins

- A program that allows Oregon farmers to appropriate new water rights by building storage projects may be renewed by state regulators.

Judge rules against county GMO regulations

- A court ruling on genetically modified organism regulations in Hawaii's Kauai County may have implications for other litigation over biotech crops.

Longshormen lose refer container work

- The longshoremen's union has lost two jobs plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers at the Port of Portland due to lagging productivity.

Longshore workers OK Northwest grain deal

- Longshoremen have OK's a new contract with Northwest grain handlers and will return to work Wednesday.

DOL can’t appeal ruling on ‘hot goods’ deals

- The U.S. Labor Department won't be able to immediately appeal an order that threw out "hot goods" settlements with Oregon farmers.