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Oregon farmer challenging order to confine hogs

- An hog farmer is opposing the Oregon Department of Agriculture's order to build a swine confinement facility to correct water problems.

Russia bans cultivation, breeding of GMOs

- Russia's recent ban against breeding and cultivation of GMOs will shut off a potentially large market for U.S. biotech crops.

Lawsuit charging USDA censorship dismissed

- A lawsuit that accused USDA of censoring its scientists was dismissed by a federal judge.

Oregon farmer wins zoning dispute

- An Albany, Ore., farmer has won a land-use dispute. The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that his straw-compressing facility does not require a conditional-use permit from the county.

Time runs out for Oregon timber ballot initiatives

- Time has run out for three ballot initiatives that would restrict Oregon forestry practices to qualify for the November general election.

Environmentalists shut out of Oregon forest litigation

- A judge has excluded environmental and fishing groups from a lawsuit over Oregon's forest management policy that seeks $1.4 billion in lost timber revenues.

Dispute brewing over Oregon canal property

- A farmer and irrigation district are both claiming ownership of the property underlying a canal in Central Oregon.

Farm machinery inventories grow as demand falls

- Farm machinery sales have continued decreasing in 2016, raising inventories and forcing some sellers to accept money-losing prices.

State urges dismissal of county’s timber management lawsuit

- The State of Oregon wants a lawsuit filed by Linn County challenging its management of state forests dismissed.

Farm cooperative buys struggling biotech developer

- Biotech developer Ceres was sold for $17 million to the Land O'Lakes farm cooperative.

Reduced penalties proposed for Oregon pesticide applicator

- An administrative judge has proposed reduced penalties for Applebee Aviation, an Oregon company accused of disregarding an order to stop spraying pesticides.

Monarch listing decision due in 2019

- The federal government must decide whether to protect monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act by mid-2019.

Organic premiums prone to volatility, study finds

- Organic premiums fluctuate over time, often independently of conventional market shifts, according to USDA study.

Irrigation district accused of cheating Oregon farmers

- Several Oregon farmers have filed a lawsuit claiming they were cheated out of water by the Westland Irrigation District.

Ukraine, Romania hungry for U.S. ag investment

- Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba recently returned from a trade mission to Ukraine and Romania, which she reports are hungry for U.S. agricultural investment.

Fewer Northwest farmers gamble on ginseng

- Ginseng, a medicinal root that once provided a profitable niche in the Northwest, has been abandoned by most farmers in the region.

Oregon county’s GMO ban ruling appealed

- A ruling that overturned a GMO ban in Oregon's Josephine County is being appealed, which is expected to set statewide precedent.

Any impact of ‘Brexit’ vote on ag likely to be temporary, experts say

- A weaker pound could impact Britain's importation of commodities in wake of that nation's vote to leave European Union.

Pesticide residue prohibited in organic compost

- Compost with pesticide residues is prohibited in organic production due to a federal judge's ruling that overturned USDA policy.

Judge refuses to overturn Oregon grazing plans

- Grazing plans along Oregon's Sprague and Sycan rivers were upheld by a federal judge despite environmentalist claims that cattle degrage unoccupied bull trout habitat.

Oregon slaughter facilities face challenges

- Oregon's slaughter facilities are under pressure as owners retire or die, but replacedments are hard to find.

Farmer to challenge Clean Water Act tillage ruling

- A farmer plans to challenge a court ruling that his tillage operations violated the Clean Water Act.

9th Circuit ponders local GMO authority

- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is wrestling with the amount of power that counties and state have to regulate GMOs.

Dairy cooperative accuses Sorrento of contract breach

- Sorrento, a major cheese producer, is accused of breaching a contract to buy organic milk from a dairy cooperative.

Farmers approve Wilco-HGO merger

- A merger of Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon was approved by the membership of both farm cooperatives.

France bans U.S. cherries due to insecticide

- France has banned U.S. cherries due to the insecticide dimethoate, which won't have a major market impact but raises troubling trade policy implications.

Oregon farmer seeks jury trial in Clean Water Act lawsuit

- Oregon farmer Bill Case wants a jury trial in the EPA's Clean Water Act lawsuit against him.

Farmers seek attorney fees in Oregon GMO litigation

- Farmers who prevailed against a GMO ban in Oregon's Josephine County are seeking $29,000 in attorney fees.

Coba joins U.S. trade mission headed to Ukraine, Romania

- Ukraine and Romania are the unlikely destinations for a USDA-led agricultural trade mission that's scheduled for June 13-17.

ODA won’t conduct on-farm food safety inspections

- The Oregon Department of Agriculture will wait to see what role the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will play in on-farm enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act before committing to take on the job.

Oregon farmers win radish seed lawsuit

- Oregon farmers have won a lawsuit over radish seeds filed by an out-of-state bank that claimed to own the crop.

Oregon farm regulators drop ‘stop work’ authority proposal

- After “combing through” existing enforcement laws for state agencies, however, the agency decided to first try using tools that are already on the books.

Oregon mulls change to noxious weed strategy

- Oregon is contemplating a strategy change in its battle against noxious weeds.

Demand for government loans outpaces funds

- Due to financial problems experienced by some farmers, demand of USDA operating loans is outpacing available funds.

Building a better fish screen

- The Farmers Conservation Alliance has developed fish screens that are more efficient and have fewer parts that can be damaged.

U.S. investigating Chinese fertilizer ‘dumping’

- Chinese manufacturers are accused of "dumping" ammonium sulfate to the detriment of U.S. manufacturers, which has driven down prices of the fertilizer.

Oregon livestock company wins trade secret injunction

- An Oregon livestock nutrition company is accusing a former employee of stealing trade secrets.

Supreme Court unanimously backs landowners in Clean Water Act case

- A Supreme Court ruling opens the way for landowners to sue the federal government when it determines their property is subject to the Clean Water Act.