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Oregon clarifies industrial hemp rules
Oregon clarifies industrial hemp rules

Oregon has adopted temporary rules for people who want to grow or handle industrial hemp this summer. Revisions in the rules reflect changes made by the Oregon Legislature, state Department of Agriculture spokesman Bruce Pokarney said.

The rules...

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Forest Service plan would thwart Kalmiopsis nickel mine

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A plan to exclude mineral development on about 100,000 acres of federal land, to thwart a proposed nickel mine near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, is nearing fruition.

The U.S. Forest Service released its...

Judge: Plan for restoring PNW salmon runs not enough

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon in Portland on Wednesday rejected the federal...

Kansan who went with kids to Oregon standoff arrested

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who took her children to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year says authorities have removed seven of her children from her home and arrested her for...

Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon
Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon

ONTARIO, Ore. — Part of the 80-year-old Malheur Siphon, which carries irrigation water to thousands of acres in Malheur County, is starting to fail.

As a result, the Owyhee Irrigation District has hired an engineering firm to assess the...

PGG members vote to dissolve co-op
PGG members vote to dissolve co-op

PENDLETON, Ore. — Pendleton Grain Growers, the longtime farmers’ co-op that formed out of the Great Depression, is finished. Members present at a special meeting Monday voted overwhelmingly to dissolve PGG, authorizing the board of...

Chilean fruit company expands its U.S. footprint
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 $350 million in berries...

Complaint claims lawmakers misled Legislature on wolf bill
Complaint claims lawmakers misled Legislature on wolf bill

The environmental group Cascadia Wildlands is accusing three Oregon lawmakers of knowingly misrepresenting a bill that ratified the state’s decision to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list.

The complaint was filed Monday...

Oregon ag department finishes gypsy moth spraying in Portland
Oregon ag department finishes gypsy moth spraying in Portland

PORTLAND — Government helicopters spraying pesticides over funky neighborhoods in a liberal city would seem a recipe for outrage.

But the Oregon Department of Agriculture completed its gypsy moth eradication campaign over North Portland...

3 lawmakers hit with ethics complaint over wolf bill

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three Oregon lawmakers have been hit with an ethics complaint filed by environmentalists, arguing they broke state law by deliberately misrepresenting the purpose behind House Bill 4040, the so-called wolf delisting bill,...

Oregon pesticide applicator fights license revocation
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 law judge heard the Oregon...

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