Agriculture

Bird flu infects two more flocks in Deschutes County

BY: - August 2, 2022

State agricultural officials have identified two more backyard bird flocks that are infected with bird flu. The Agricultural Department said Tuesday that they’re both in Deschutes County, marking the fifth and sixth outbreaks there. They coincide with the death of nine pet rabbits killed by a virus that only affects rabbits and hares but is […]

Heatwave sparks dozens of worker complaints; 14 suspected deaths

BY: and - August 2, 2022

The weeklong heatwave in Oregon ended on Monday with 14 suspected deaths and dozens of complaints about companies not following new rules to protect workers from the heat.  The state medical examiner tracked 14 deaths that may be heat-related: seven in Multnomah County, four in Marion County, two in Clackamas County and one in Umatilla […]

State holds hearing on permit for Foster Farms’ controversial slaughterhouse in Creswell

BY: - August 2, 2022

Efforts to renew a wastewater permit for a shuttered chicken slaughterhouse in Creswell are raising concerns among some locals that the plant will reopen and the area will soon be home to more industrial chicken farms. The public has until Aug. 31 to submit comments to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality about a water […]

New state meat inspection program will combat supply chain delays, lower prices

BY: - August 1, 2022

Oregon meat eaters are likely to have access to more local beef and other products and at cheaper prices with a new program that will localize meat inspections. The program will expand the state’s processing capacity, allowing the Oregon Department of Agriculture to inspect meat that’s produced and sold within the state. Before, only the […]

Bird flu infects first flock in Coos County

BY: - July 29, 2022

Bird flu has spread in Oregon to Coos County where an infected flock was discovered last week. The state Department of Agriculture said the flock of 25 chicken and ducks was euthanized to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. To date, the virus has infected nine backyard flocks, including four in Deschutes County, two […]

Pressured by conservationists, Bureau of Land Management backs off on livestock in Alvord Desert

BY: - July 29, 2022

This spring, the federal Bureau of Land Management was ready to approve a long-term permit for livestock grazing on 200,000 acres of public land in the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon for the first time in 57 years.  Then conservationists found out. Western Watersheds, WildLands Defense and Wild Horse Education, three nonprofit conservation groups, challenged […]

Another Oregon backyard poultry farm infected with bird flu

BY: - July 22, 2022

Another backyard poultry farm in Deschutes County has lost its flock to bird flu. State agricultural officials said the outbreak was confirmed Tuesday, marking the fourth outbreak in Deschutes County. As of Thursday, state and federal agriculture officials have “humanely euthanized” 980 birds, including 40 chickens and ducks in the latest outbreak, according to the […]

As fire season begins, new rules protecting workers from heat, smoke are challenged

BY: - July 15, 2022

With temperatures rising and fire season officially declared, advocates are visiting farms and job sites in Oregon, educating workers about new state rules to protect them from extreme heat and wildfire smoke. Oregon’s 86,000 farmworkers face among the highest risks from heat and smoke in summer, but many don’t know that new rules guarantee shade […]

State lab detects fourth case of bird flu in backyard flock

BY: - July 8, 2022

State officials say that bird flu remains a threat in Oregon, especially to backyard flocks, with confirmation of a fourth infected flock this week. The state veterinary lab confirmed Wednesday that the virus had sickened a backyard flock in Linn County, the state Agriculture Department said in a release. That’s the second Linn County flock […]