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Mistrial declared in Oregon pesticide dispute

- A lawsuit over off-target pesticide spraying in Oregon's Curry County was dismissed due to a mistrial.

Oregon commits $8.9 million to dam raising, other projects

- A dam-raising project in Oregon's Hood River County was one of nine water projects to receive a total $8.9 million from state regulators.

Oregon lawmakers hear arguments over Owyhee monument


SALEM — Advocates and opponents of a proposed 2.5 million-acre national monument in Eastern Oregon tried to enlist the support of state lawmakers during a recent legislative hearing.

The two sides are mounti...

Idaho ordered to pay $250,000 in ‘ag gag’ case


Idaho’s government must pay $250,000 in attorney fees to animal rights advocates who successfully fought in court to overturn the state’s so-called “ag gag” law.

The 2014 Idaho Ag Securi...

EPA water quantity report worries farm groups


Agriculture groups are nervous that a “technical report” released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to justify new federal controls over water usage.

The EPA claims its report &...

‘Right to farm’ law questioned in Oregon pesticide dispute


Questions about the constitutionality of Oregon’s “right to farm” law, which shields growers from some lawsuits, have been resurrected in a pesticide dispute in Curry County.

Nuisance and tresp...

Cranberry antitrust lawsuit suffers setback


A federal judge has dealt a serious setback to anonymous cranberry farmers who filed a lawsuit accusing the Ocean Spray cooperative of manipulating prices.

The request to certify the lawsuit as a class action, whic...

Judge strikes down GMO ban in Oregon’s Josephine County


The prohibition against genetically engineered crops in Oregon’s Josephine County has been struck down by a judge who ruled the ordinance is pre-empted by state law.

Voters in the county approved the ban on ...

Listeria recall creates frozen vegetable conundrum


After numerous frozen vegetable brands were recalled for possible contamination with pathogenic listeria, attorney Bill Marler’s phone has been ringing “off the hook.”

Most of the callers are c...

Clean Water Act allegations dropped against Wyoming farmer


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped Clean Water Act allegations against a Wyoming farmer, charges critics derided as an abuse of government authority.

In 2014, the agency accused Andy Johnson of Fo...

65,000 acres designated Oregon spotted frog ‘critical habitat’


More than 65,000 acres have been designated “critical habitat” for the Oregon spotted frog, a threatened species at the center of a lawsuit over irrigation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the...

Irrigators claim judge erred in hydropower ruling


Irrigators who rely on the Columbia and Snake rivers claim there’s a serious error in a recent court ruling that rebukes Northwest hydropower operations.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon recently held the f...

Straw-compressing dispute raises Oregon land use questions


SALEM — A conflict over a straw-compressing facility has raised legal questions over what type of crop “processing” or “preparation” is allowed outright on Oregon farmland.

The Or...

Contaminated compost causes organic rift


A rift has developed among environmental and organic groups in a lawsuit over compost contaminated with pesticides used in organic farming.

Several environmental organizations are asking a federal judge to overturn...

Labor contractor held liable for $7.7 million


A labor contractor owes nearly $7.7 million to foreign guestworkers for committing “malicious” labor law violations, but the federal government faces new challenges in collecting the money.

Senior U.S...

Chilean fruit company expands its U.S. footprint


A large Chilean fruit company is expanding its U.S. footprint with the purchase of property in Oregon and a merger with a California-based berry producer.

Hortifrut of Santiago, Chile, which last year sold roughly ...

Oregon pesticide applicator fights license revocation


TUALATIN, Ore. — An aerial pesticide applicator is fighting allegations of willful misconduct from Oregon farm regulators who want to revoke his spraying license for at least five years.

An administrative la...

Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat


Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat that the threatened species doesn’t actually occupy.


Study: Fewer farmworkers migrate, aggravating labor shortage


The agricultural labor shortage has less to do with the shrinking population of farmworkers than with its changing work habits, a new economic study found.

Since the late 1990s, the proportion of farmworkers who re...

Oregon farmers fighting bank to sell radish seed


Several warehouses are caught in the middle of a legal dispute over radish seeds between Oregon farms and an out-of-state bank.

Both the farms and the bank claim to own the radish seeds, which are currently stored ...

Lawsuit over Oregon wolf delisting ruled “moot”


An environmentalist legal challenge against Oregon’s decision to remove wolves from the state’s endangered species list has been dismissed due to legislation passed earlier this year.

Wolves were deli...

USDA faulted for biotech loophole


The U.S. Government Accountability Office has faulted the USDA for regulating only those biotech crops containing genes from plant pests.

Current USDA biotech restrictions only apply when genetic material from a pl...

Dispute erupts over unique mint cultivar


An Oregon essential oil supplier has filed a lawsuit claiming its unique mint variety is being grown without permission by a competitor in Washington state.

RCB International, a mint oil company in Albany, Ore., al...

Foresters seek solution to clear-cut image problem


Oregon’s timber industry has a blemish on its otherwise positive public image: People consider clearcutting unsightly.

Most Oregonians know that state law requires trees to be replanted after harvest, but cl...

Lawyers square off over Josephine County GMO ban


GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Farmers seeking to overturn the ban against genetically engineered crops in Oregon’s Josephine County have come under fire in court from proponents of the ordinance.

An April 14 co...

Most precipitation evaporates or returns to ground


More than 4 trillion gallons of precipitation falls on the country every day on average. That’s nearly enough to fill the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

Grazing can continue despite “cattle drift” ruling

- Grazing can continue in national forests along the Oregon-California border despite an earlier court ruling that found "cattle drift" was insufficiently studied in the region.

Irrigators face tricky negotiations after legal victory

- Irrigators fighting a spotted frog lawsuit in Central Oregon now face tricky three-way settlement negotiations after winning a key legal victory.

Simplot cattle lawsuit seeks $1 million

- A lawsuit filed by the J.R. Simplot Co.'s feedlot division seeks nearly $1 million from a California livestock company.

Supreme Court ponders government’s Clean Water Act advice

- The nation's highest court is pondering whether the government's Clean Water Act determinations are more than just friendly advice.

Flurry of Oregon water complaints under investigation

- A flurry of water quality complaints complaints filed by a Polk County farmer are under investigation by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Dairyman faces license revocation for alleged threats

- A dairyman in Central Oregon faces the revocation of necessary licenses for allegedly threatening state farm regulators.

Christmas tree checkoff raises $1.5 million

- Checkoff fees collected on Christmas trees sold last year have generated $1.5 million so far to fund promotions for the crop.

ODA eyes adding ‘stop work’ orders to its authority

- The proposal is in an early stage but the agency is considering it as a possible “legislative concept” for the 2017 legislative session.

ODA opposes deregulation of biotech bentgrass

- The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it opposes a deregulation plan for genetically engineered bentgrass.

Environmentalists oppose official spotted frog ruling

- Environmentalist don't want a federal judge to issue an official ruling denying their request for water management changes to protect the Oregon spotted frog.