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Oregon Agriculture

​​​​​​The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has established protected districts for the production of canola, a variety of rapeseed. Protected districts do not allow canola production except under special conditions. 

Protected districts include:

  • Willamette Valley Protected District
  • Central Oregon Protected District
  • Northeast Oregon Protected District
  • Malheur/Idaho Protected District ​
Willamette Valley Protected District
Following the passage of HB 4059 by the 2024 Oregon Legislature, ODA can permit up to 500​ acres of canola fields in the Willamette Valley Protected District.  

  • Applications are due by June 30​, 2024 for the 2025 growing season  - CanolaGrowerApp.pdf
  • ODA will contact those who may need an Isolation Distance Exception as soon as possible.
  • Permits will be issued by August 10th.​

2017 OSU Report for HB 2427: Willamette Valley Protected District

Oregon State University report produced with funding from 2013 House Bill 2427 provided to assess the potential for co-existence between canola and other Brassicaceae seed crops in the Willamette Valley. Report

2018 Recommendations to Consider for Coexistence between Canola and Specialty Seed Production in the Willamette Valley (HB 3382)

Report Report

2023 SB 789 Report to the Legislature

Report provides recommendations for potential legislation to create a program to identify Brassica seed crop fields in the Willamette Valley Protected District, aiming to reduce conflicts associated with Brassica seed crop production. Report

Canola protected districts map

To check if an address falls within one of the protected districts. Map

Oregon Administrative Rules: Brassicaceae Production Districts and Rapeseed Control Areas

Scroll to OAR 603-052-0860 through 0921 OAR: 603-052-0860 to 0921




Sunny Summers
Senior Policy Advisor
Director's Office
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4565