Willamette Valley Canola Control Area
On August 14th, 2013, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law HB2427 relating to the growing of canola in the Willamette Valley. The law does the following:
- Establishes a moratorium on the growing and raising of canola within a defined protected district of the Willamette Valley.
- Authorizes growing not more than 500 acres of canola within the protected district for the purpose of carrying out the Oregon State University research that was funded and authorized by the 2013 Oregon State Legislature.
- Allocates $679,000 to Oregon State University to carry out the research proposal.
At the conclusion of the research, Oregon State University will compile a report with the outcomes of the research study and present its findings no later than November 1, 2017 to the Oregon State Legislature.
The law is effective upon signing by the governor until January 2, 2019, at which point it sunsets.
Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has filed a notice of proposed rulemaking to repeal the former provisions controlling canola production in the Willamette Valley Protected District.
HB 2427– current law regarding Willamette Valley canola production
ODA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Letter from Governor Kitzhaber regarding the signing of HB 2427 into law
Research proposal submitted in response to HB 2427
Control area map pdf version
Control area map scalable version