Suit filed over Willamette Valley canola

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Specialty seed producers and some agricultural organizations have gone to court hoping to block state approval of canola production in the Willamette Valley.

They say the action threatens Oregon's $32 million specialty seed industry. Some farmers want to grow canola for processing into cooking oil or biodiesel fuel.

Seed-crop farmers fear canola will cross-pollinate related plants such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and turnips. They fear that could contaminate the seeds they sell to production growers and gardeners.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports  the suit was filed Wednesday in the Oregon Court of Appeals.

It asks for an injunction against a Department of Agriculture rule from last week that permits farmers to plant canola around the edges of the valley.

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