Lawsuit Challenges Protection For Farming, Forestry

By Tony Schick Residents of a Southern Oregon community who say herbicide spraying made them sick have now filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that shields farmers and foresters from liability. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Curry County Circuit Court, claims Oregon’s Farm and Forest Practices Act violates the state’s constitution, which guarantees the […]

Biggest Challenge Facing Oregon Pesticide Investigators? Public Records Law

Over the past six months, Oregon Department of Agriculture investigators dealt with a pilot who filed multiple false reports, eyewitness accounts that didn’t match records and records that didn’t match lab results. That’s just in one case. So what does the ODA see as its biggest enforcement challenge? Oregon’s public records law. In reporting on a recent […]

State Investigation Finds Violations in Southern Oregon Pesticide Case

A helicopter hired to spray herbicides in Curry County last fall allowed chemicals to get onto neighboring properties and violated pesticide laws, according to an Oregon Department of Agriculture investigation announced Tuesday. The state says it was unable to draw a direct connection between trace amounts of two herbicides found in samples on residences near […]

Investigative Documents Show Pilot Failed To Disclose Herbicides Used On Timberland

Investigative Documents Show Pilot Failed To Disclose Herbicides Used On Timberland by Amelia Templeton, April 7, 2014 | OPB UPDATE (Tuesday, April 8): The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday its investigation uncovered multiple violations of pesticide law by Pacific Air Research, including that the company allowed pesticides to fall on neighboring properties, according to a […]

Oregon Attorney General Orders Release of Pesticide Investigation Records

by Amelia Templeton, March 24, 2014 | OPB The Oregon Department of Justice has ordered the state Department of Agriculture to turn over records that are part of an investigation into aerial herbicide spraying on timber lands near Gold Beach on Oct. 16, 2013. In the weeks following the herbicide application, people from more than […]

Attorney General Orders Release of Pesticide Investigation Records

Attorney General Orders Release of Pesticide Investigation Records OPB | March 22, 2014 9:49 a.m. | Updated: March 22, 2014 10:29 p.m. CONTRIBUTED BY: Amelia Templeton The Oregon Department of Justice has ordered the state Department of Agriculture to turn over records that are part of an investigation into aerial herbicide spraying on timber lands near […]

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