Bee Deaths Spawn New Pesticide Bans

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Home gardeners will face new pesticide restrictions after two massive bee deaths within the past week. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is temporarily banning the application of two active ingredients — dinotefuran and imidacloprid — on linden trees and other similar ornamentals. Improper use of those pesticides is believed to be … Continue reading »

New Firewood Regulations For Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — Firewood coming from outside the Pacific Northwest will now be required to be heat treated and labeled as pest free. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has finalized the rules for firewood being imported from other states. The rule requires firewood to be treated at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for one … Continue reading »

State Board of Agriculture Holds Meeting

MEDFORD, Ore. – 20 years after the federal Clean Water Act went into effect, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is looking for better ways to get Oregon’s farmers and ranchers to comply. Wednesday and Thursday, the State Board of Agriculture is meeting in Medford and a good part of the agenda on Wednesday is dealing … Continue reading »