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Tension Over Weeds Means Herbicides Threat for Organic Farm

18:10PM May 17, 2017

Sherman County may order the use of herbicides on a 2,000-acre organic farm in north-central Oregon after complaints from neighboring farmers about noxious weeds.

The Capital Press reports Tuesday that spraying would cause Azure Farms to lose its organic certification for three years.

The farm is operated by Azure Standard, a major supplier of organic products, and says it will not spray or allow spraying.

The company posted a video sharing its side of the conflict on social media that has generated intense interest among supporters of organic farming.

The issue may come to a head Wednesday when county commissioners are expected to discuss it.

The meeting was moved to a school gym to accommodate an overflow crowd.

Growers near Azure Farms say spreading weeds are costing them.