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Feds promote artificial turf as safe despite health concerns

(Photo: Mike Derer, AP) Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf used at thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the country, yet two federal agencies continue to promote the surfacing as safe, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have […]

Grass seed acreage stabilizes in Oregon

  Photo: Grass seed is harvested in a Willamette Valley field. After recovering from the recession, Oregon grass seed production is holding steady. Oregon grass seed acreage available for harvest this summer is about the same as last year, indicating the industry has stabilized after some rough years during the recession. The National Agricultural Statistics […]

Sprague Pest Solutions Professionals Earn National and Company Recognition

Media Release Sprague Pest Solutions Professionals Earn National and Company Recognition Tacoma, Wash. (March 12, 2015) – A quartet of Sprague Pest Solutions service professionals have earned recognition for their dedication and professional prowess in solving their clients’ pest management problems. Technical Director Jeff Weier, National Accounts Manager Ray Mannello and Service Technician Jeremy Lesser […]

Ag Co-op Internships Still Available with CHS Inc!

READY FOR A UNIQUE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE? If you’re looking for an internship where you can apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and gain hands-on, relevant experience, consider CHS. Choosing an internship with CHS gives you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned while doing work that makes an immediate impact. Each year more than […]

Local students awarded scholarships

The Oregon Seed Association’s Scholarship Committee recently recognized eight young men and women as recipients of three distinct awards: five for the Oregon State University/Oregon Seed Association Scholarship, one for the American Seed Trade Association Scholarship Award and two for the William Kent Wiley, Jr. Memorial Fellowship Award. Tanner Holland, Chase Cochran and Andrew Altishin, […]

Kurt Schrader, West Coast legislators push for Barack Obama to invoke Taft-Hartley Act if labor dispute continues

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., called for President Barack Obama to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act soon if longshore workers and West Coast port operators can’t reach a resolution on a new contract. (Michael Lloyd/The Oregonian)   Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader and representatives from Washington and California called on President Barack Obama on Thursday to invoke the federal Taft-Hartley […]

Oregon agriculture companies ask for federal intervention in West Coast longshore-port dispute

Oregon food and forestry products are shipped all over the world to sustain the agriculture industry. Hundreds of Oregon agriculture companies signed a letter asking for federal intervention in the longshore worker dispute with West Coast port operators. (Molly Harbarger/The Oregonian) Oregon agriculture companies want the state’s Congressional delegation to push port operators and the longshore […]

Coexistence possible for all crops

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will suggest legislation to create a framework that will allow conventional and GMO crops to coexist. The devil will be in the details. Aides to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber say he will propose legislation later this month to facilitate the coexistence of conventional, organic and genetically modified crops within the state. […]

Puzzling Truths In Labeling

The issue of seed testing uniformity is a complex and convoluted problem with many players and facets involved. There’s thousands of seed species, nearly a hundred labs, multiple testing methods, governance and compliance. After having been in the seed testing industry for 34 years, I’ve seen just about everything. While I applaud the Association of Official […]

Governor to propose Oregon GMO bill

E.J. Harris/EO Media Group Gov. John Kitzhaber talks to the editorial staff at the East Oregonian in June in Pendleton. Kitzhaber A bill related to genetic engineering in Oregon will be introduced by Gov. John Kitzhaber in the upcoming legislative session now that a key task force report is done. SALEM — Oregon Gov. John […]