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2013 Agriculture-Related Legislation

ODA budget

The 2013-2015 budget, while still resulting in cuts to some programs at ODA, restored General Fund to several programs and also funded several key initiatives. Below is a summary of the Oregon Department of Agriculture budget for 2013-2015 as well as the budgets for the past two biennia.

2009-11 Actual Budget​ ​2011-2013 Legislatively Adopted Budget ​2013-2015 Legislatively Adopted Budget
General Fund​ ​$12,998,069 $12,917,172​ ​$18,720,616
​Lottery Funds
​$8,709,513 ​$6,894,457 $6,333,815​
​Other Funds ​$45,564,865 ​$52,099,191 ​$53,980,931
​Federal Funds
​$9,796,616 ​$11,944,869 ​$15,168,522
​Total Funds ​$77,069,616 ​$83,855,689 ​$94,203,884
​Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) ​357.08 ​343.29 ​351.17

​2013-2015 Significant Budget Modifications
​Pesticide stewardship monitoring collaboration: provides $1,495,884 total funds expenditure limitation and one position for the pesticide stewardship program. Half of the funding for the package comes from the General Fund and the other half from pesticide registration fees. This package provides revenue to the Department of Environmental Quality and ODA to carry out pesticide stewardship activities.
Ag water quantity: ​provides $214,079 total funds expenditure limitation and one position phased in January 2014 (.75 FTE) to help implement the state's Integrated Water Resources Strategy. The position will address policy and technical issues related to water availability for Oregon farmers and ranchers. Funding is a mix of General Fund and Other Funds.
Ag water quality effectiveness: continues $962,654 total funds expenditure limitation and three positions (3.00 FTE) to continue three Natural Resource Specialist positions to perform water quality monitoring and coordination work with other state and federal agencies on issues relating to agricultural water quality and support additional ambient water quality monitoring sites by the Department of Environmental Quality. The work was begun with one-time revenues approved by the Legislative Assembly in 2011. The package is entirely supported by General Funds.
Invasive Species Council: Adds $50,000 Measure 76 Lottery funds to support the Oregon Invasive Species Council, including partial funding for a contracted part-time coordinator position.
Weed Control Program: Restores funding for the Noxious Weed Program including adding back a position and 2.40 FTE.
Wolf Compensation and Grant Assistance: Funding for compensation and financial assistance grants to counties to implement county wolf predation compensation grants is continued for the 2013-2015 biennium. An additional $100,000 was added to the program bringing the total for this program for the 2013-2015 biennium to $200,000. The additional $100,000 is one-time funding.
​Predator control: adds $34,060 General Fund to increase special payments to USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services for predator control activities. $65,940 General Fund was also added to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for the same purpose. With these increases, total state support for predator control activities will be $415,889 for the 2013-15 biennium.


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House Bill 2427
Limits canola production in the Willamette Valley to 500 acres for research purposes until 2017 and appropriates $697,000 for OSU to conduct brassica research.
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Economic development

House Bill 2620
Directs Governor's Office to develop a plan to align state economic and community development programs with regional and community-based development programs.

Senate Bill 246
Authorizes the Oregon Business Development Department to work with public entities to develop certified regionally significant industrial sites.

Senate Bill 253
Creates the Oregon Industrial Site Readiness Assessment Program, which will provide grants to help local governments survey the availability of industrial sites and create a plan to help develop these areas.
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Land Use

House Bill 2202
Requires that, when issuing permits for mining aggregate on high-value farm land composed predominantly of Class I and Class II soils in the Willamette Valley, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) shall require the operator or owner to excavate substantially all of the significant aggregate resource within the operating permit boundary, not including any buffer, setback and sloping areas, to the extent that the removal of the significant aggregate resource can be done subject to limitations imposed by other federal, state, or local regulatory requirements. 

House Bill 2393
Allows the slaughtering, processing, and selling of up to 1,000 poultry as an outright permitted nonfarm use, subject to specified limits, in areas zoned for exclusive farm use.

House Bill 2746
Modifies provisions authorizing alteration, restoration or replacement of a dwelling on a tract of land zoned for exclusive farm use.

Senate Bill 462
Establishes requirements that must be met before an applicant may submit an application for land use approval to establish or modify certain disposal sites for composting.

Senate Bill 841
Modifies provisions under which local governments may authorize wineries on land zoned for exclusive farm use (EFU) if certain conditions are met, including agri-tourism and other commercial events. Allows food service at a winery under specified conditions. Authorizes bed and breakfast facilities associated with wineries to serve two meals per day and to serve bed and breakfast guests at the winery.
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House Bill 2025
Prohibits owners or possessors from allowing bison or bison hybrids to run at large. Establishes economic damages liability of owner or possessor of bison running at large or of person allowing bison to run at large.
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New and small business

House Bill 2393
Allows the slaughtering, processing and selling of up to 1,000 poultry as an outright permitted nonfarm use, subject to specific limits, in areas zoned for exclusive farm use.

House Bill 2700
Creates the Beginning and Expanding Farmer and Rancher loan program.
Program will be administered by the Oregon Business Development Department in consultation with ODA.
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Taxes and tax credits

House Bill 3367

Extended several tax credits, including the Farmworker Housing Tax Credit, until January 1, 2020.

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Water supplies

Senate Bill 839

Establishes criteria and conditions for projects to receive funds from a new Water Supply Development Account, establishes net environmental public benefit requirements for the Umatilla Basin Aquifer Recovery Project, and creates two task forces to implement and review various aspects of the bill.

House Bill 5008, Senate Bill 5506, Senate Bill 5533

Authorize the Oregon Water Resources Department to receive and expend lottery bonds to develop water supply projects. SB 5533 recapitalizes the Oregon Business Development Department's Special Public Works Fund. HB 5008 authorizes the Department of Administrative Services to provide $500,000 in General Fund for the East Valley Water District.
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Weeds and pests

House Bill 2247
Deletes out of date weed laws, deletes OSU aquatic weed statutes, and restores Civil Penalties to Noxious Weed statutes inadvertently lost in 2011 reorganization.

House Bill 3364
Establishes state Integrated Pest Management Coordinator and Integrated Pest Management Committee.
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