Free Face Masks Available To Oregon Ag Community

To help the front lines of the Oregon Ag community, the state Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension have announced a partnership to distribute face covers around the state. The KN95 masks are available to farmworkers, ranchers, farmers, fishers, food processors and other farm contractors to protect essential workers. ODA and OSU have […]

Ryan Scholz Named New Oregon veterinarian

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has a new state Veterinarian. Dr. Ryan Scholz took over the role on Monday. He initially joined ODA in 2012 as a western Oregon district veterinarian. To-date, Scholz’s contributions to the Animal Health Program have made many of the technological advances in the program possible and, according to ODA officials, […]

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 […]

ODA: Destructive, Invasive Insect Recently Reported

Oregon Department of Agriculture officials are nervous after a destructive invasive species was recently discovered. A dead spotted lanternfly, was recently discovered in a shipment of planters and ceramic pots from Pennsylvania. When the insect was discovered the Corvallis-based nursery immediately contacted state officials. “We are grateful to the nursery for alerting us about their […]

ODA awards $250K in Farm to School Grants

On Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced the selection of six awardees for the Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Program. The grant helps Oregon farmers, ranchers, seafood harvesters, and food processors get more of their local products to children state wide, through programs such as National School Lunch Programs (NSLP), Child and […]

Changes Reported In Top Oregon Commodities

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is out with the top commodities of 2019 and there was a bit of a shakeup. The top commodity grown in Oregon remained Greenhouse and Nursery last year, accounting for nearly $1 billion. Hay moved in as the new #2 commodity, accounting for over $674-million last year. Dropping to 3rd […]

WSDA Waves Import Requirements To Help Oregon Farmers

Earlier this week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture announced it was waiving import requirement on livestock from Oregon. The move allows animals displaced by wildfires, to temporarily stay in Washington, provided they don’t change ownership and return to Oregon within 30 days. Officials in Oregon have reported significant strain on local stalls and pasture […]

Taylor Looking At Long-term Impacts Of COVID-19 On Oregon Ag

While the coronavirus pandemic continues across the U.S. and across the world, many in the agriculture industry are already looking at lessons that can be taken from 2020, and the impact it will have on the Ag industry moving forward. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, said they are currently looking at […]

ODA Looking For Applicants For Pesticide Board

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Health Authority are seeking applicants for the public member position on the Oregon Pesticide Analytical Response Center Board. Both will jointly appoint the person selected to fill the position. “We are looking for individuals who are open to learning more about pesticide issues in Oregon, who are listeners […]

Applications To Help Oregon Producers Meet To Safety Requirements Now Available

Last month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced an emergency program designed to keep farm workers safe during the height of harvest. Now, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced funds to help producers pay for those coronavirus changes. The Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program increased field sanitation measures as well as put more stringent […]