City Club Addresses Canola Controversy: Next Meeting on September 9

canolaMonday, September 9th—the Corvallis City Club will meet to hear State Representative Sara Gelser,  D-Corvallis, and Matt Crawford, president of the Willamette Valley Oilseed Producers Association, share their thoughts on the benefits and risks of growing canola in the Willamette Valley. Earlier this year, canola, a brassica that cross-pollinates with notorious ease, was cleared for local planting. Many small farmers were up in arms due to the threat of cross-contamination with non-canola crops. The Oregon legislature quickly introduced House Bill 2427, which passed on August 14th, and bans the growth of canola in the Valley for three years while OSU researchers assess the potential consequences of growing the crop.

Crawford hopes to be able to grow canola on his farm in Polk County. On the other side of the issue, State Representative Gelser authored the aforementioned bill that bans local canola production.

Join the City Club at their new location, the Les Schwab Gym of the Boys & Girls Club on 1112 NW Circle in Corvallis. Doors open at 11:30, and the meeting begins at noon. Attendance is free; please register beforehand by sending an email to nickhoutman8@aol.com. A Café Yumm lunch is available ($10 for members, $12 for non-members)—please register by September 5th if you want the lunch, and indicate so in your registration email. More information is available at http://www.cityclubofcorvallis.org.

By Mica Habarad

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