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2015 Regular Session
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Bill Title: Relating to agriculture.
Catchline/Summary: Allows person to file mediation request with State Department of Agriculture if person has reasonable belief that agricultural or horticultural practice on nearby land is interfering or might interfere with farming practice.
Requires State Department of Agriculture to provide mediation program services when person has reasonable belief that planting, growing or harvesting of agricultural or horticultural commodity on nearby land might interfere or is interfering with farming practices. Allows court or arbitrator to award costs if losing party to court or arbitration action refused mediation.] Requires department mediation if person files court action alleging interference. Creates exceptions. Allows court to impose sanctions if party refuses mediation.] Requires that, upon request, department employee be present at time sample is taken for crop testing purposes. Allows department to charge fee.] Requires department and Oregon State University to make educational materials and information available regarding tools and techniques for cultivation of land for conventional, organic, identity-preserved and genetically engineered crops.] Allows Oregon State University to provide technical assistance to grower groups and private agricultural entities to establish and operate voluntary systems for cooperative monitoring of crop isolation requirements for seed certification.] Requires department to provide mediation services or refer person to federally certified mediation program. Caps department charges for mediation services. Allows court making determination whether to grant injunctive relief to consider party unwillingness to mediate. Requires parties to court action regarding alleged agricultural or horticultural practice interference with farming practice to attempt mediation of dispute by department or under federally certified mediation program. Creates exceptions. Provides for confidentiality regarding mediation communications and mediated agreement terms in dispute regarding alleged agricultural or horticultural practice interference with farming practice. Creates cause of action for improper disclosure of confidential communications or agreement terms. Exempts disputes regarding production of genetically engineered commodities in county with valid ordinance lawfully adopted on or before January 1, 2016, that regulates genetically engineered commodities.
Chapter Number: Chapter 630
Fiscal Impact: Fiscal Impact Issued
Revenue Impact: No Revenue Impact
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