Mateusz Perkowski

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Oregon regulators seek to incentivize water loans

- More of Oregon’s water supply development fund would be dedicated to loans under a proposal being considered by regulators.

Critics claim ruling allows pay-offs for farm impacts

- An Oregon Court of Appeals ruling is accused of allowing developers to pay off farmers for disrupting agricultural practices.

Loans stable despite falling farm incomes

- The Farm Credit System is reporting the same volume of impaired loans as several years ago despite much lower farm incomes.

Biotech company studies GMO clover

- Genetically engineered white clover is being field tested by a biotech developer to study improving forage digestibility in livestock.

Political dispute costs irrigation district $1.9 million

- A political dispute over healthcare taxes has prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to veto $1.9 million in funding for an irrigation efficiency project.

Tillamook County enacts new wetland process

- Oregon’s Tillamook County has enacted an ordinance requiring conditional use permits for wetland projects on farmland.

New trial ordered in California water contamination lawsuit

- A lawsuit alleging fertilizer contaminated a California city’s groundwater will be retried after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled expert testimony was improperly excluded.

Court opts against injunction for Washington thinning project

- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled no injunction is warranted for a 12,800-acre thinning project in Washington’s Colville National Forest.

Machinery sales near ‘bottom of difficult cycle’

- Unit sales of larger tractors and combines have dropped at a slower rate in 2017 compared to last year, when they plunged more than 20 percent.

Wolf ruling expected to have impact on endangered species decisions

- A federal appeals court ruling on wolves in the Great Lakes region may have broader impacts on delisting decisions for wolves and other species.

Oregon’s marijuana industry raises land use tensions

- As Oregon’s marijuana industry emerges from the shadows and is cultivated on farmland, it’s raised questions about “right to farm” and other land use issues.

Water complaints over marijuana spike

- Water complaints over marijuana have spiked in Oregon since voters legalized the crop in 2013.

Monsanto sells high-speed planter division to AGCO

- Monsanto is selling its high-speed planter division to AGCO, a machinery manufacturer, after a previous deal with the John Deere Co. fell through.

Canadian Agriculture Minister urges caution in NAFTA talks

- Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, said negotatiors should “be careful” in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Robotic milkers popular despite dairy slump

- Robotic milkers remain popular among dairymen despite the slump in milk prices due to fears of worker shortages.

Global oversupply pushes down nitrogen prices

- Urea and other forms of nitrogen fertilizer are hitting the lowest price levels seen in more than a decade.

USDA: Pollinator forage stable, but quality declined in key areas

- While U.S. pollinator forage quality is stable in the aggregate, it’s declined in key over-summering areas in North and South Dakota.

OSU research, extension to lose 17 positions

- Oregon State University’s agricultural research and Extension programs stand to lose 17 positions due to a funding gap.

Judge: Firebreak did not violate environmental law

- The U.S. Forest Service didn’t violate federal environmental law by removing vegetation along a 20-mile-long, 300-foot-wide firebreak in Washington’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, a judge has ruled.

Death of Oregon hemp bills considered “mystery”

- Hemp legislation creating a research pilot program and a crop commission in Oregon has died despite strong support and no public objections.

With second ‘ag gag’ law struck down, eyes turn to appeals courts

- With so-called “ag gag” laws getting struck down in Idaho and Utah, the fate of such statutes is expected to be decided by federal appellate courts with jurisdiction over 15 Western states.

Some Oregon farm bills quietly die, others quietly gain approval

- While some of the most controversial proposals in the Oregon Legislature quietly died this year, other more-targeted bills were quietly enacted.

Oregon rancher challenging well shutdown

- An Oregon rancher is challenging a well shutdown ordered by Oregon water regulators, arguing they relied on a faulty mathematic model.

Lawmakers approve Oregon farmland easement fund

- Lawmakers created a fund for farmland-conservation easements and approved $4.5 million for farm-to-school food grants late in Oregon’s legislative session.

New insecticide to remain on market despite ESA violation

- Cyantraniliprole, a new insecticide that’s significant for blueberry and citrus growers, will remain on the market even though a federal appeals court has ruled its approval violated the Endangered Species Act.

9th Circuit rejects challenge to Mexican truck permits

- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a challenge against Mexican trucks being allowed to operate in the U.S.

Western Innovator: Geographic specialist tracks hazelnut industry

- Geographic information system expert Mike McDaniel is helping Oregon’s hazelnut industry track its growth.

Feds investigate Spanish threat to U.S. olive industry

- Spanish ripe olive companies are accused of dumping their product in the U.S. at unfair prices.

Small farmers may lose Oregon tax break

- Opponents of the bill that would disqualify many Oregon small farms from tax breaks hope to defeat it in the Senate after it recently passed the House.

Oregon landowners accuse marijuana-growing neighbors of racketeering

- A couple of Oregon landowners have accused marijuana operations on two neighboring properties of violation the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Oregon ranch claims grazing prohibition encourages juniper, wildfire

- An Oregon ranch claims the BLM’s decision to stop grazing in an 8,000-acre pasture will encourage juniper encroachment and wildfires.

Judge reverses key ruling in $1.4 billion timber class action

- A judge has reversed a key ruling in a $1.4 billion lawsuit over Oregon’s timber management practices.