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Oregon farm zone changes raise concerns

- Bills that change allowable uses in farm zones have made farm and property rights groups uncomfortable, albeit for different reasons.

Expert: Oregon neonic ban would be disruptive

- Banning neonicotinoid pesticides could spur farmers to use more toxic chemicals, an expert testified before Oregon lawmakers.

Slugs remain a mystery, experts say

- Farmers and researchers recently discussed the mysteries surrounding slugs at Oregon State University's "Slug Summit," in Salem, Ore., on March 25.

Oregon bill would regulate use of antibiotics in livestock

- Oregon lawmakers are considering restricting antibiotics in livestock production.

Klamath water transfer bill draws suspicion

- Bills that would allow irrigators in the Klamath Basin to lease or transfer water rights have drawn suspicion from opponents of broader legal settlements that require dam removal.

Oregon lawmakers ponder increase in farm-to-school grants

- A boost in Oregon farm-to-school funding was approved by the House Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use and Water.

Sprayer drone suited to awkward terrain

- An unmanned helicopter shows promise in spraying pesticides across uneven terrain, like vineyards.

Drone industry awaits government regulations

- Regulations for drones are still pending but commercial operators are eager to operate.

$2 million sought for bee health in Oregon

- A $2 million funding package pollinator research is being considered by Oregon lawmakers but a beekeeper group is concerned about how their assessment fees would be spent.

Precision ag faces growing pains, experts say

- Precision agriculture faces constraints as more devices compete for wireless bandwidth, experts say.

Judge overturns ‘test case’ logging project

- A timber project aimed at testing new harvesting strategies on federal forests was rejected by a federal judge.

Blueberry growers advised to tread carefully

- Farmers received expert advice on growing blueberries at Oregon State University's recent Blueberry School in Corvallis, Ore.

Forester no stranger to controversy

- Forester Norm Johnson is no stranger to controversy.

Trial lawyers oppose agritourism proposal

- Trial lawyers oppose a bill that aims to protect agritourism operations from some lawsuits in Oregon.

Regulators seek authority to revoke nursery shipping permits

- Legislation would give Oregon farm regulators the power to revoke nursery shipping permits.

Bill requires natural resource rule alert

- Lawmakers would have to be alerted to changes in natural resource regulations under a bill in the Oregon legislature.

Doubts linger over $750,000 water grant proposal

- A proposal to spend $750,000 to help Oregon communities plan for water projects met with uneven support from irrigator groups.

County mulls marijuana farm zone exclusion

- Legalized marijuana in Oregon has raised questions about how the psychoactive crop will fit into the state's land use system.

Oregon GMO authority debated

- Oregon lawmakers are considering new regulations on cultivating GMOs.

Expo examines precision farming tools

- The possibility of using drones in conjunction with satellites to monitor crop health will be discussed during the upcoming Precision Farmig Expo in Salem, Ore.

Bill would require giant cane growers post $1 million bond

- Legislation would require farmers to file at least a $1 million bond to grow giant cane, which critics say could become an invasive weed in Oregon.

Lawmakers consider new lime fee

- A new 5 cent fee on lime is proposed under a bill being considered by Oregon lawmakers.

Lawsuit claims malfunction killed 100,000 chickens

- A lawsuit filed by an Oregon egg producer claims that an electrical malfunction halted ventilation at one of its facilities, thereby killing 100,000 chickens. The company is seeking $500,000 from the installer of a control ...

Expert: Dairy farmers should be ready to counter criticism

- Communications professor Robert Gass recently gave dairymen some pointers on countering criticisms of milk production.

Juniper funding garners bipartisan support

- Legislation that would devote more than $1 million to harvesting and processing juniper has garnered bipartisan support from Oregon lawmakers.

Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage

- Immigration policy reforms cannot overcome broader economic forces that are reducing farm labor supplies, an expert says.

Repeal of raw milk advertising ban unopposed

- A bill that would repeal a ban on raw milk advertising in Oregon did not encounter opposition during a recent legislative hearing.

Aviation bill seeks to relieve landowner liability

- A bill before the Oregon legislature would absolve farmers and other landowners from liability related to aviation on their property.

Proposed limits on animal prizes worry cattlemen’s group

- A bill that would restrict contests in which animals are caught and given as prizes is being considered by Oregon lawmakers.

Farm regulators ponder marijuana oversight

- Farm regulators in Oregon are contemplating how recreational marijuana fits into existing regulations for pesticides and licenses, among other issues.

Poultry inspection ruling appealed

- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against USDA's new poultry inspection system but a consumer advocacy group plans to appeal this ruling.

Restrictions proposed for hazard-prone land

- A bill that would restrict development and require building removals and retrofits in hazard-prone areas in Oregon has been criticized for its overbroad language.

Farm groups oppose merging state agencies

- A bill that would examine merging Oregon's natural resource agencies is opposed by farm and timber groups.

Beekeepers nervous over urban hive proposal

- Llegislation to set statewide beekeeping rules in Oregon encountered resistance during a recent hearing.

Oregon regulators seek quarantine notification changes

- The Oregon Department of Agriculture wants to notify farmers of quarantine orders for pests and diseases through methods other than newspapers.

Cherry trees shrink along with labor pool

- The size of cherry trees is shrinking along with the availability of labor, as farmers seek to increase efficiency with "pedestrian" orchards that don't require ladders for pruning or harvesting.

Loss of ocean carrier ‘devastating blow’ to ag exporters

- Experts say some Oregon ag exporters won't be able to afford the cost of shipping products to ports in Washington or California if the Port of Portland loses its largest container shipper.

Biotech critics claim GMO loophole will backfire

- GMO critics say a loophole in federal biotech regulations will backfire against major developers of transgenic seed.

Drone ban wins support from hunters, animal advocates

- A proposed ban on using aerial drones for hunting and fishing was met with a warm reception in the Oregon House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on Feb. 10.

Influx of organic consumers raises marketing questions

- Experts provided an outlook on the organic market during the recent Organicology conference in Portland, Ore.

Container terminal operators warn of port shutdown

- Container terminal operators are warning that longshoremen are bringing West Coast ports to the point of gridlock without actually threatening to lock out their union from facilities.

Oregonians for Food and Shelter group reorganizes

- Katie Fast, former vice president of public policy for the Oregon Farm Burea, will serve as the new executive director of Oregonians for Food and Shelter. Scott Dahlman, the former executive director, will stay as the group...

Renewed pesticide lawsuit omits “right to farm” challenge

- A challenge to Oregon's right to farm law was omitted from a newly revised lawsuit over pesticides, but its constiutionality may still be questioned during litigation.

Environmental groups sue EPA over CAFOs

- Air emissions from livestock at confined ainimal feeding operations should be regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to lawsuits filed by several environmental groups.

Oregon bird control fireworks bill moves to House floor

- The Oregon House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources has approved a bill expanding the use of fireworks for bird control.

Stalled machinery sales may drive bargains

- Large farm machinery sales are slumping after years of robust growth, experts say.