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ODA Drafting Hemp Growing Regulations

By Jim McCoy Tue 6th January NewshempOregon Department of Agriculture
Oregon agriculture officials are drafting rules that would allow industrial hemp farmers to plant crops this spring. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1FgkoUM) the state Department of Agriculture is holding a public hearing Tuesday in Salem on the draft rules. Prospective producers said they're happy the state is finally moving ahead with a hemp program, but they're concerned Read More »

ODA Will Expand Program For Notifying Farmers About Water Quality Violations

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it plans to expand its test program for notifying farmers about water-quality violations. The agency tells the Capital Press (http://bit.ly/1ARk7RZ) that it long relied on complaints to enforce the federal Clean Water Act, but some problems don't get reported.Read More »

ODA: Helicopter Likely Responsible For Overspray

A state investigation has determined that a helicopter hired to spraying herbicides on some commercial timberlands in southwestern Oregon more than likely allowed some to fall over people's homes as it flew by. But the results released Tuesday by the Oregon Department of Agriculture come to no conclusions about whether the small amounts found on the ground can account for complaints from Read More »

Oregon Department of Agriculture Determines Cause of Death of 25-Thousand Bees

Oregon officials say a pesticide is to blame for the deaths of an estimated 25,000 bumble bees in a shopping center parking lot. The state Department of Agriculture said Friday that tests on bees and foliage showed the deaths are "directly related to a pesticide application on linden trees" that was meant to control aphids. It said an investigation is underway to see if the appliRead More »

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