Oregon Department of Agriculture

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.
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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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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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