Mateusz Perkowski

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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.

Takeover opportunity leads to creamery’s revival

- Rogue Creamery, founded in 1933, has experienced a revival under its new ownership.

EPA to propose banning chlorpyrifos insecticide

- The EPA says it plans to ban the common insecticide chlorpyrifos but may change its mind based on discussions with manufacturers.

REIT purchases 6,000 acres of Willamette Valley farmland

- A real estate investment trust has bought a family farm company in Oregon's Willamette Valley and plans to convert much of its acreage to organic production.

OSU poised to expand research, extension

- $14 million included in a higher education bill would allow Oregon State University to hire new research and extension employees, reversing a years-long reduction in manpower. The Oregon Senate still must pass the full fund...

‘Ag gag’ opponents point to free speech ruling

- A recent free speech ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may shed light on the controversy over Idaho's "ag gag" law, which prohibits secret recordings of farms.

Hydropower challenge could impact irrigators

- Irrigators could be affected by the latest legal challege against the Northwest's hydropower system.

Compromise canola bill foreshadows controversy

- Debate over a recent Oregon canola bill likely foreshadows future controversies.

Experts: Dry soils will impede drought recovery

- Dry soils would impede the refilling of reservoirs even if snow is abundant in the coming winter, experts say.

Oregon’s $10 million water fund rules approved

- Rules for Oregon's $10 million water supply development fund have been approved, which means project developers will soon begin applying for money.

Potato growers reach $25 million antitrust settlement

- A potato marketing cooperative has settled allegations of violating antitrust law for $25 million.

Harney groundwater worries halt new well permits

- New well permits are halted in Oregon's Harney County due to groundwater worries.

Oregon legislators make final push on ag bills

- A roundup of recent legislative actions in Oregon.

Potato growers reach $25 million antitrust settlement

- A potato marketing cooperative has settled allegations of violating antitrust law for $25 million.

Increased BLM logging decision overturned

- A ruling that required increased logging on BLM property in Western oregon was overturned.

Farm exemption to paid sick leave bill rejected

- Farmers are not excluded from a requirement to provide workers with paid sick leave under a bil passed by the Oregon Senate.

Proposed Monsanto-Syngenta merger spawns antitrust concerns

- Monsanto's proposed merger with Syngenta has raised concerns of anti-competitive effects, experts say.

USDA computer overhaul $140 million over budget

- An overhaul of computer systems for managing farm programs at USDA's Farm Service Agency is way past due and overbudget, an audit found.

Judge: Logging project won’t impact wolves

- A judge has found that the Forest Service properly determined logging won't affect wolves in a Southern Oregon national park.

Canola extension bill heads for Senate vote

- A bill to extend limited canola production in Oregon's Willamette Valley will be voted on by the full Senate after previously pasing the House.

Klamath water transfer bill awaits governor’s signature

- Leases and transfers of water rights will be allowed in the Klamath Basin as adjudication continues under a bill approved by Oregon lawmakers.

Scaled-back GMO mediation bill advances

- A scaled-back version of a GMO mediation bill is advancing in the Oregon legislature despite some protest from biotech critics.

Canola extension bill headed for Senate vote

- A bill to extend limited canola production in Oregon's Willamette Valley will be voted on by the full Senate after previously pasing the House.

Bills to reduce farmer liability advance in Oregon

- Farmers would face reduced liability for accidents related to agritourism and aviation under proposals that are likely to become law in Oregon.

Oregon Senate approves nursery shipping revocation authority

- Negligent nurseries could have their shipping permits revoked by farm regulators under a bill passed by the Oregon Senate.

Grazing battle flares up in Oregon

- The battle over grazing on public lands has flared up in Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest.