Oregon Department of Agriculture

Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Oregon Looking At Conservation Easements To Protect Farmland

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Oregon is looking to protect farmland by the use of conservation easements. The voluntary agreement between a land owner and a land trust or government agency limits the use of land for conservation purposes.

Conservation easements are popular in other states to protect farming and could give Oregon a strong tool to keep farms from disappearing. Tom Salazer is General Manager of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District. He says the state should look at easements to protect farm land on a permanent basis.

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Agriculture
9:14 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Oregon Looking For Ways To Increase Aquaculture Production

Aquaculture in Oregon
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Roughly 90% of the fish consumed in the U.S. is imported. Half of that is farmed fish, a practice known as aquaculture farming. Compared to neighboring Washington, California, and Idaho, Oregon produces less than 6% of the total value of aquaculture products.  Jerry Gardner is a Business Developer for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. He says increasing aquaculture production could be an economic boost for the state.

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Wildlife
6:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

More Grant Funds Availble For Non-Lethal Preventative Measures For Wolves

A wolf with an electronic collar in Colorado. The same system is used in Oregon
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More funds will soon be available to Oregon farmers and landowners who choose to use non-lethal deterrent techniques for wolves.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture just received a $53,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be used for non-lethal preventative measures. Those may include barriers, alarms, or animals to guard the livestock. ODA Program Director Jason Barber says the most efficient method to prevent wolf attacks are range riders.

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Bee Health
5:25 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Yellow Jackets, Not Honeybees, To Blame For Disrupting Outdoor Activities

Yellow Jackets on some meat.
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People holding outdoor gatherings might be facing intrusions from wasps and yellow jackets. As summer winds down, the insects are likely searching for protein-rich food before overwintering.

According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, many people assume applying pesticides to their flower beds will get rid of the nuisances. But many products end up harming honeybees instead. ODA spokeswoman Rose Kachadoorian says spraying insecticides around the yard won't do much good.

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Agriculture
9:43 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Oregon Hosting International Buyers

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture is hosting international buyers this summer and fall. Visitors from Japan, China, and the Middle East are looking at export products like berries, nursery stock, and specialty or gourmet foods. International Trade Manager Theresa Yoshioka says hosting potential buyers is part of a two-pronged approach at marketing in Oregon.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

High Beef Prices Could Increase Cattle Theft

Cattle grazing in Marion County
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With beef prices at historic highs, cattle theft crimes are up. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is warning ranchers to be extra attentive to their herds this summer.

Farmers are encouraged to frequently update their records for their herd numbers. ODF spokesman Rodger Hoffman manages the Animal Identification Program. He's worried high beef prices will be seen as an attraction to criminals.

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Cooking
9:26 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Study Says Many People Don't Handle Food Properly At Home

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A new study says many consumers aren't handling food properly, particularly at barbecues. According to the University of California, Davis, 64% of people cooking at home didn't wash their hands before preparing a meal and 38% didn't wash their hands after handling raw chicken. The study also found many people still wash chicken before cooking it, which can cause pathogens to spread easily. Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba says many times people don't see a connection between salmonella and their own kitchen.

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Bees
10:06 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Oregon Places Temporary Ban On Bee-Killing Pesticides

Thousands of bees died after pesticides were applied to Linden trees this month at an apartment complex in Eugene.
Credit Beyond Toxics

After bee die-offs this month in Eugene and Beaverton, the Oregon Agriculture Department is placing a 6 month ban on pesticides containing two active ingredients that are dangerous to the insects. 

 

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Bee Health
5:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Eugene Company's License Suspended Following Bee Deaths

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of the company responsible for more than 1,000 bee deaths earlier this week in Eugene. Glass Tree Care and Spray Service applied pesticides at an apartment complex in North Eugene on 17 linden trees, the same types of trees involved in thousands of bee deaths last year in Oregon. Bruce Pokarney is the Communication Director for the ODA. He says before the company can resume applying pesticides they must adhere to certain conditions.

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Bees
1:23 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Another Large Bee Die-off Attributed to Pesticides

One of hundreds of bees that died at an apartment complex in Eugene Tuesday. The ODA found out about the die-off from a report on KVAL
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Several hundred honey bees and bumblebees died at a Eugene apartment complex Tuesday after trees on the property were sprayed with pesticides. The state is investigating.

The State Department of Agriculture found out about the bee deaths from a TV report and sent an investigator out Wednesday. Bruce Pokarney is with ODA:

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