What is Agricultural Burning?
Agricultural Burning is the burning of any agriculture waste generated by an agricultural operation that uses, or intends to use, land primarily for the purpose of obtaining a profit by raising, harvesting, and selling crops or raising or selling animals (including poultry) or the products of animal husbandry. Prohibited materials, such as tires, cannot be burned even in an agricultural setting.
Am I an agricultural operator?
You are an agricultural operator if you make your primary living from the farm or file your tax returns as a farmer or grower. If you don't make your primary living from your agricultural operation, you are a backyard burner and are subject to the rules regarding Open Burning
Is land clearing Agricultural Burning?
An equine breeding ranch that sells foals on a regular basis with the primary intention to make a profit is an agricultural operation. However, the ranch is not an agricultural operation if horses are sold occasionally to offset costs.
The brush cleared off of land that will be immediately planted in a crop or used to raise livestock for profit is considered agricultural waste. In an agricultural activity will not be performed on the land cleared, the brush removed is not agricultural waste.
Orchards operations may be an agricultural operation if enough producing trees exist in order to obtain a profit (not a hobby orchard). If a dead tree is removed from a large producing orchard and replaced with a new tree, the dead tree wold be agricultural waste. Trees removed for building construction or not agricultural waste.
Agricultural Burning may include clearing land if an agricultural commodity will be planted or cattle raised, but it does not include burning debris for the construction of buildings.
When can I Agricultural Burn?
Only agricultural operations
can perform Agricultural Burning
. To find out if daily Agricultural Burning is allowed, call the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) at 503-986-4755.
Can I use a burn barrel?
Burn barrels are inefficient and polluting because they produce low temperature fires and produce toxic smoke. This toxic smoke stays at ground level where it is easily inhaled. It is better to burn in a loosely stacked pile for better air flow and combustion.