Kitzhaber signs Willamette Valley canola ban

Kitzhaber signs Willamette Valley canola ban

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill banning canola production in the Willamette Valley until 2019.

By signing House Bill 2427, Kitzhaber agreed with lawmakers to overturn a decision by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to allow up to 2,500 acres of the crop in the valley.

HB2427 stipulates that commercial canola production is banned in the valley for five years while OSU researchers study whether it poses a risk for specialty seed production.

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