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Sherman County Oregon believes the 2,000 acre Azure Farms is not doing enough to control Canada Thistle, a noxious weed. In this case, not doing enough means not spraying weeds with herbicides. To remedy the alleged problem, the county proposes seizing the farm and spraying everything with Roundup and other herbicides. Azure Farms is certified organic. Of course, organic farms cannot by definition use herbicides, so the farm would be forced out of business by the county government.
originally posted by: rickymouse
I got thistles in my yard, they grow wild out back. They are an excellent medicine. so are dandelions. If the other farmers around there are using roundup, what is the problem? I chop my thistle down before it goes to seed, but always let a few survive, it never hurts to have a little thistle around the house for an emergency, a little yarrow is good too..
“Neighboring farms, including those at some distance from Azure, are being impacted by the spread of noxious weed seeds from Azure’s property. The ability of surrounding wheat farms to continue to produce certified wheat seed and the reputation of the entire area for producing high quality wheat, with virtually no weed contamination, are at risk.”
March 2: Asher sent the farm’s parent company, Ecclesia of Sinai at Dufur, a weed control ordinance violation notice. The letter listed 15 company properties covering 1,922 acres in the Moro area. It gave the farm 30 days to submit a plan to control Rush skeleton, classified by the county as a Class A noxious weed, and Canada thistle, Morning Glory and White Top, all Class B noxious weeds.
March 27: Ecclesia of Sinai responded that the county didn’t have jurisdiction over it and cited biblical justification for not sprayin
originally posted by: D8Tee
a reply to: dreamingawake
Noxious weeds are nothing that you want to get into your fields, these guys have 2000 acres of them next to neighbouring farms.
It's some religious group that owns the farm, they claimed religious immunity initially.
Control your weeds or someone else will do it for you
Azure’s difficulty in meeting their obligation to control noxious weeds and protect their neighbors is puzzling to us, as the vast majority of farmers, including many organic and conventional producers, successfully meet their weed control obligations year-after-year,”
Wheat farmer Bryan Cranston, who grows certified seed next to Azure Farms, said its weed problems have gotten progressively worse over the years. Cranston said he spoke to Selzer and told him, “I don’t drift chemicals on you, I’d appreciate it if weeds don’t drift on me.”
originally posted by: Chadwickus
a reply to: TobyFlenderson
No, actually, once again it's self righteous muppets who mismanage their land, then cry foul when they get caught doing it.
Here's a less biased article that doesn't contain hyperbole that gets you lot all moist..
I let dandilions grow in my yard.. Have I totally mismanaged my piece of land?