Mateusz Perkowski

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Airport grant worries farmland preservationists

- Opponents of a runway expansion at Oregon’s Aurora State Airport worry a $33.3 million federal grant application may lead to more development on farmland.

Hazelnut industry aims to inspire culinary uses

- Hoping to inspire new culinary uses, the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board recently organized a tour of the hazelnut industry for food companies.

Nurseries eye ‘ecommerce’ opportunities

- Selling plants to consumers directly online through “ecommerce” is a new opportunity for nursery growers.

Solar developer challenges project denial

- Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals has been asked to reconsider Yamhill County’s denial of a 12-acre solar project on farmland.

Farm victim of ‘patent troll’ lawsuit

- An Oregon farm that sells organic foods and other products online is accused of patent infringement in a “patent troll” lawsuit.

Lawsuit claims policy will increase wild horse slaughter

- A new federal policy on selling wild horses will increase the chances they’ll be slaughtered, according to a lawsuit.

Lamb perceptions improving, study finds

- More consumers report eating lamb while fewer are intimidated by cooking the meat, according to recent market research.

ODA’s Lisa Hanson wins national award

- The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has recognized the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Director Lisa Charpilloz Hanson with the James A. Graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agri...

Nurseries eye ‘ecommerce’ opportunities

- Selling plants to consumers directly online through “ecommerce” is a new opportunity for nursery growers.

Lawsuit against Westland Irrigation District dismissed

- A lawsuit against the Westland Irrigation District by several patrons has been dismissed.

Judge backs Lost Valley dairy’s wastewater remedies

- Court rejects Oregon Department of Agriculture’s request to halt wastewater production.

Oregon farmers aim to clean up ditch regulations

- Ditch-cleaning regulations can be burdensome for Oregon farmers, who aim for a legislative fix next year.

NE Oregon thinning project passes legal muster

- A 2,000-acre thinning project in Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest complies with federal laws, a judge has ruled in dismissing an environmentalist lawsuit.

Eugene Livestock Auction gets new owners

- The Eugene Livestock Auction has been sold to owners who plant to continue operating the business instead of shutting it down, as other prospective buyers had planned.

Judge rules Lost Valley Farm can stay in operation

- Ruling finds dairy’s owner violated agreement on wastewater management, but orders less-drastic remedies to bring it into compliance.

Marijuana racketeering case dismissed for now

- A racketeering lawsuit over marijuana production has been dismissed but the Oregon landowners will be able to refile an amended complaint against their neighbors.

Organic farms scramble to replace certifier

- Some organic growers are scrambling to find a new certifier after Stellar Certification Services shut down this summer.

USDA: Small farms bear greater food safety costs

- Small farmers will spend up to 7 percent of their revenues complying with the Food Safety and Modernization Act, compared to 0.3 percent for large growers, according to USDA.

Organic hazelnut growers face numerous challenges

- Growing hazelnuts organically can fetch a premium but battling insects and diseases is more costly.

Oregon’s Douglas County withdraws rural housing zone

- A plan to allow 20-acre rural home sites on 22,500 acres of farm and forestland in Oregon’s Douglas County has been withdrawn, though perhaps only temporarily.

Hazelnut facility ready for upcoming harvest

- hazelnut

Chinese, Turkish turmoil worries hazelnut industry

- The plunging value of Turkish currency and higher tariffs in China create trade problems for Oregon hazelnut growers on two fronts.

Judge upholds permanent removal of Oregon wild horses

- A federal judge refused to overturn the government’s decision to permanently remove about 150 wild horses from Eastern Oregon’s Three Fingers Management Area despite a legal error.

FDA chief reassures Oregon growers over FSMA concerns

- During a visit near Bend, Ore., FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb acknowledged the agency is now venturing into some of the statute’s thornier regulatory territory.

‘Potential buyer’ found for defunct Oregon beef packer

- A potential buyer has submitted a “letter of intent” to take over Bartels Packing, a slaughter and processing facility that closed in March.

Oregon farmers’ radish seed victory upheld

- Oregon farmers prevailed against a bank seeking to seize 7.4 million pounds of seed they’d grown and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now upheld their victory.

Western Innovator: Back to hazelnut fundamentals

- hazelnuts

Oregon family foresters seek secondary dwellings

- Secondary dwellings on forestlands in Oregon would ease generational transitions, according to a proposal by family forestland owners.

Lost Valley dairy owner defends against contempt charge

- Lost Valley Farm of Boardman, Ore., settled a lawsuit with the Oregon Department of Agriculture last spring by agreeing to limit its wastewater output, but the state says the dairy continues to violate the agreement.

New public cultivar aims to ‘Triumph’ in hop market

- A new public hop variety, Triumph, is expected to debut this autumn after 18 years of breeding and trials by USDA and Northwest farmers.

U.S. tariffs poised to target Spanish olives

- Spanish ripe olives have been dumped on the U.S. market to the detriment of domestic producers, opening the way for the federal government to impose tariffs.