The new rules regulating the production of canola in the Willamette Valley Protected District were adopted on July 2, 2019 and are effective immediately. Meanwhile, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 885 on Sunday, June 30, the last day of session that would limit canola production to no more than 500 acres in the district. Considering this development ODA has included a provision in the new rule that can accommodate the 500-acre limit detailed in SB 885, should it become law.
Recognizing the challenges of co-existence regarding canola, ODA in partnership with Friends of Family Farmers, Oregon Farm Bureau, Organic Seed Alliance, Willamette Valley Oilseed Producers Association and the Willamette Valley Specialty Seed Association began drafting the new rules in April 2018. ODA hosted more than 25 meetings to get the rules done. ODA has been working towards a resolution for co-existence regarding canola since 2006. Canola is a member of the Brassica family.
Should a producer wish to grow canola for the 2020 growing season, applications for a permit to grow canola must be received by July 19, 2019. Thereafter, applications must be received by June 10 of the crop year for canola planted in the fall. Canola is not allowed to be grown within the Willamette Valley Protected District without a permit issued by ODA.
For more information on canola please visit ODA online at: http://oda.direct/canola or email firstname.lastname@example.org An application to grow canola will also be available on this page as soon as possible.
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