Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Claypool Sentenced For Grass Seed Fraud

A Spokane man has been sentenced for his role in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme that involved grass seed at facilities in western Oregon. Christopher Claypool, 52, was sentenced last week to three years in federal prison and three years of supervised release. According to the Albany Democrat-Herald, under the terms of his plea deal […]

Oregon Seed Dealer, Owner and ODA Agree Over Seed Investigation

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, Dynamic Seed Source, LLC, and Dynamic’s owner, Trevor Abbott, have settled allegations of violation of the state’s Seed Law. According to ODA, an investigation found Abbott and Dynamic Seed at least 161 seed lots as Kentucky 31, resulting in 207 violations. In Oregon, a single lot of grass seed can […]

Spokane Area Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Grass Seeds

A former manager of a Washington-based company that produced and sold grass seed and turfgrass to independent Oregon growers has admitted to deceiving growers statewide for more than $12 million. Christopher Claypool of Spokane pleaded guilty to charges in Federal Court of conspiring to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Investigators say he mislabeled bags […]

OSU Conducting Chlorpyrifos Alternatives Survey

Researchers at Oregon State University are working to identify alternatives to chlorpyrifos that will work on a variety of commodities. To do that, research has put together a survey to help identify critical issues surrounding Chlorpyrifos, which has been used in Oregon since the mid-1960s, but is on its way out. OSU Project Leader Silvia […]

Washington Man Charged With Defrauding Seed Customers, Former Owner

The former manager of a Liberty Lake, WA-based seed company has been charged with laundering and wiring over $15 million through several schemes to defraud the company’s former owner and its customers. Former Jacklin Seed Company General Manager Christopher Claypool faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering against the company’s former […]

Oregon Grass Seed Acres Down 2% from 2020

According to NASS, total acreage of Oregon grown Ryegrass and Tall Fescue decreased to 329,000 acres for harvest in 2021, from 336,000 acres harvested in 2020. Growers indicated that 53% of the 2021 ryegrass acres to be harvested are under contract, while 62% of the tall fescue acres are under contract. Total irrigated acreage of […]

Two Selected For Oregon State Board of Ag

Earlier this week Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of Elin Miller of Roseburg and Josh Zielinski of Salem to serve on the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. Both appointments were effective October 29th, and each will serve a four-year term. Miller and Zielinski will attend their first Board of Agriculture meeting as members […]