The Oregon county where voters in 2014 banned genetically modified crops has reached a peace agreement with growers of its largest existing genetically engineered crop. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke Tuesday approved terms of a settlement in the lawsuit challenging the Jackson County 2014 ballot measure banning genetically modified crops. roundupralfalfa_406x250Two farm families that grow…

There’s law and there’s reality in the first Oregon county with a voter-approved law to ban genetically engineered crops. The law took effect last Saturday, June 13, but Jackson County is not enforcing it yet. In reality, the ordinance could qualify as a “regulatory taking” under the U.S. Constitution, meaning that local taxpayers may have…

The Rogue River counties of Jackson and Josephine in Oregon were for years what they called “timber counties,” running their local public services with federal money paid “in lieu” of taxes. Drastic reductions in federal timber harvests were occurring about the time the whole economy tanked. So, Jackson and Josephine counties closed all their public…

Federal felony charges of economic sabotage and domestic terrorism could be brought if whoever destroyed two sugar beet fields in Jackson County, Oregon earlier this month is ever brought to justice. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investing the destruction of about 6,500 sugar beets that occurred on the nights of June 8 and…