ODA Is Looking For Two To Join Fertilizer Research Committee

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is looking to fill a pair of openings on the Fertilizer Research Committee. One member must represent the fertilizer, agricultural amendment, or agricultural mineral industry, while the second opening is for a member of the public. The committee advises the ODA director on funding grants for research and development related […]

RHD Discovered Across the Northwest

The Oregon and Idaho Departments of Agriculture are warning owners to be on the lookout for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease. The Virus causes sudden death in rabbits and is highly contagious among rabbit populations and spreads very questions. Earlier this month, ODA received a report of a eight rabbits found dead in the Portland suburb of […]

Oregon Lawmakers Look To Phase Out Mink Farming By The End Of The Year

Legislation under debate in the Oregon Senate would phase out mink farming in the state by the end of 2021. State Senator Floyd Prozanski said his legislation, Senate Bill 832, follows similar actions taken by Ireland and the Netherlands to permanently close all mink farms and discontinue mink-breeding programs in order to protect public health against the spread of […]

Taylor: Oregon Ag Continues To Work To Put 2020 In The Past

For many in the Oregon agriculture community, 2020 was a very challenging year, and the impacts are still being felt. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture said the coronavirus pandemic had a huge impact on everything from day-to-day operations to international trade and everything in between. Taylor said thanks to the rollout […]

Aichele: ODAs Farm To School Program Beneficial In Multiple Ways

Fewer and fewer children are connected to farming these days. In an effort to educate those young people about where their food comes from, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has their Farm to School Program. This grant process encourages farmers from across the state to provide their commodities for students statewide, allowing the kids to […]

ODA Phasing Out Many Chlorpyrifos Applications By 2024

The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently filed Administrative Rules with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office looking to significantly limit the use of chlorpyrifos immediately and phases out nearly all use by 2024. The Department said the nearly three-year phase-out provides research time into alternative products and evaluates newly EPA approved insecticides. ODA funded two […]

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 […]