Oregon releases new Agripedia

SALEM -- The Oregon Department of Agriculture has three new publications available, including a report on key issues facing the industry and a book of agricultural facts and figures.

The fourth edition of Oregon Agripedia provides statistical information on Oregon agricultural production, regulatory information on state and federal laws that apply to agriculture, and contact information for agricultural organizations and agencies.

The ODA's 2009-11 biennial report provides a summary of ODA's programs, responsibilities and goals for the next biennium. The State of Oregon Agriculture is an industry report from the State Board of Agriculture.

The reports are available at http://oregon.gov/ODA .

Gluten-free oat maker gets grant

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) -- A Powell company that produces oats containing no gluten is getting more state money to build a processing plant.

The Powell Tribune reported that Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board has awarded Gluten Free Oats a grant for $267,795. The company previously received a $450,000 grant from the state but bids came in 25 percent higher than expected.

The company's oats are grown by local farmers but must be shipped to Idaho to be cleaned, rolled and packaged.

Gluten Free Oats claims to be the first U.S. company to offer oats that are safe to be eaten by people who have celiac disease. They can't eat gluten, the protein found in wheat.

The company's oats are shipped across the U.S. as well as to Australia and Europe.

Symposium tackles wildfires

A symposium on reducing the frequency of large-scale wildfires will be held on Feb. 1-2 at Washington Group International, 800 Park Blvd., Boise.

"Breaking the Current Fire Cycle" will address conservation of sagebrush steppe habitats to identify strategies for reducing the frequency of wildfires.

The symposium will be of interest to resource management agency staff, permittees, landowners, local government representatives and anyone interested in wildland fire management.

To register, call M.J. Byrne at 208-834-3393 or register online at http://www.blm.gov/id

Three collapse from poisoning

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- A Silverton, Ore., fire official says three men collapsed from carbon monoxide poisoning at a dairy after using a gasoline-powered pressure washer inside a large, closed cooler.

Fire Capt. Ed Grambusch says firefighters and medics responded to Mallorie's Dairy on Jan. 24 to find one man unconscious and two others able to talk. The three had collapsed just outside the building where they had been working.

Two men, including one in his 20s and one in his 60s, were taken to Silverton Hospital. A third man, in his 50s, was taken to Salem Hospital. All were reported in serious condition.

The fire spokesman says firefighters measured the carbon monoxide level inside the storage cooler at 232 parts per million. Levels higher than 100 parts per million are considered dangerous.

Silverton is northeast of Salem in Marion County.

Mallorie's announced earlier this month that it was was shutting. The dairy has sold its 3,000 cows -- including 1,600 milkers -- to a Texas dairy and will shut down by the end of the month.

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