Oregon Department of Agriculture

Animal Health
10:30 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Lane County Horse Dies of Equine Herpes

Credit Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

A Lane County horse has died and four others have tested positive for equine herpes virus.  Bruce Pokarney is with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. He says equine herpes is widespread among horses and can lie dormant for long periods of time. It is not transmissible to humans. It is spread by direct horse to horse contact. Pokarney says the outbreak is believed to be is isolated.

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Environment
5:38 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Oregon Farmers Can Help Threatened Bird

The streaked horned lark.
Credit Oregon Department of Agriculture

The federal government is counting on Willamette Valley farmers to help the recovery of a threatened bird. This fall, the streaked horned lark was added to the endangered species list.

The bird prefers open habitat, which has been declining, so it's showing up on agricultural land. Typically, finding an endangered species on your land would prohibit any disturbance to the area. But in this case, an exemption will not penalize farmers who find the lark on their property.

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Bees
8:31 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Penalties Of $2,800 For Wilsonville Bee Deaths

Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis) in the Mt. Hood National Forest during summer 2013.
Credit Rich Hatfield, Xerces Society

Penalties are in for a company implicated in the deaths of bumblebees in Oregon earlier this year. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued civil penalties to the pesticide company and its employees.

$2,886. That’s how much pesticide company Collier Arbor Care and four of its employees will pay for bumblebee kills.

The most notable incident killed 50,000 bumblebees in Wilsonville, Ore. Collier employees incorrectly applied a pesticide to blooming linden trees.

The fine also includes a smaller incident in downtown Portland.

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