- A weaker pound could impact Britain's importation of commodities in wake of that nation's vote to leave European Union.
- Compost with pesticide residues is prohibited in organic production due to a federal judge's ruling that overturned USDA policy.
- Grazing plans along Oregon's Sprague and Sycan rivers were upheld by a federal judge despite environmentalist claims that cattle degrage unoccupied bull trout habitat.
- Oregon's slaughter facilities are under pressure as owners retire or die, but replacedments are hard to find.
- A farmer plans to challenge a court ruling that his tillage operations violated the Clean Water Act.
- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is wrestling with the amount of power that counties and state have to regulate GMOs.
- Sorrento, a major cheese producer, is accused of breaching a contract to buy organic milk from a dairy cooperative.
- A merger of Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon was approved by the membership of both farm cooperatives.
- France has banned U.S. cherries due to the insecticide dimethoate, which won't have a major market impact but raises troubling trade policy implications.
- Oregon farmer Bill Case wants a jury trial in the EPA's Clean Water Act lawsuit against him.
- Farmers who prevailed against a GMO ban in Oregon's Josephine County are seeking $29,000 in attorney fees.
- Ukraine and Romania are the unlikely destinations for a USDA-led agricultural trade mission that's scheduled for June 13-17.
- The Oregon Department of Agriculture will wait to see what role the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will play in on-farm enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act before committing to take on the job.
- Oregon farmers have won a lawsuit over radish seeds filed by an out-of-state bank that claimed to own the crop.
- After “combing through” existing enforcement laws for state agencies, however, the agency decided to first try using tools that are already on the books.
- Oregon is contemplating a strategy change in its battle against noxious weeds.
- Due to financial problems experienced by some farmers, demand of USDA operating loans is outpacing available funds.
- The Farmers Conservation Alliance has developed fish screens that are more efficient and have fewer parts that can be damaged.
- Chinese manufacturers are accused of "dumping" ammonium sulfate to the detriment of U.S. manufacturers, which has driven down prices of the fertilizer.
- An Oregon livestock nutrition company is accusing a former employee of stealing trade secrets.
- A Supreme Court ruling opens the way for landowners to sue the federal government when it determines their property is subject to the Clean Water Act.
- Wilco and Hazlenut Growers of Oregon, two farm cooperatives, are considering a merger.
- A struggling wind turbine project on ranchland in Oregon's Harney County was dealt a serious legal setback due to a sage grouse sighting.
- The softwood lumber checkoff, which raises money to promote wood products, was created unlawfully, according to a federal judge.
- Enforcement of labor laws for forest workers was criticized during a recent Oregon legislative hearing.
- A lawsuit over off-target pesticide spraying in Oregon's Curry County was dismissed due to a mistrial.
- 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.
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’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...
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 &...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 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...
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.
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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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.