Oregon Ag Agency Fines Nine For Pesticide Violations

Not all offences were in farm industry.

Published on: Nov 1, 2013

Chalk up nine more of those Oregon Department of Agriculture fines to the tune of nearly $4,000 for those who still have not learned the law – or how to follow it – when it comes to pesticides.

Penalties just issued include the following:

  • Associated Arborists, Hayden, Idaho: $660 civil penalty for hiring unlicensed applicators. The case stems from applications made in McMinnville, Ore., in 2012. Chris A. Cohen, Carlton, was issued a $330 civil penalty for performing a pesticide application without a license.                                                         
  • Coastal Farm and Ranch, The Dalles: $480 for selling or offering to sell pesticides not registered for use in the state. The unregistered product was discovered to be offered for sale during a routine ODA marketplace inspection.
  • R&R Tree Service, Salem: $407 for putting on a pesticide product in a way not stated on the label. The restricted use pesticide product Tordon was applied on a landscape or turf and ornamental site under wet conditions, which is not allowed according to the product label. The application resulted in the pesticide moving off site. The applicator, Jannai Cornett of Salem, was issued a $407 civil penalty for her role in the offense.
  • Staab Horticultural Specialists, Silverton: $407 for applying inconsistent with label instructions. Eagle 20EW fungicide was intentionally applied to a residential pear tree in Portland  even though it is not labeled for that u se. The applicator, David Sosna, Oregon City, was also issued a $407 fine.
  • Precision Ag Incorporated, Hermiston: $407 for performing pesticide applications in a faulty, careless or negligent manner. An additional $407 fine was charged against Mark Reynolds, Hermiston, as the applicator.

Any of the above retain the right to contest and demand an administrative hearing under Oregon law.

Oregon officials are constantly on the lookout for illegal uses of pesticides.
Oregon officials are constantly on the lookout for illegal uses of pesticides.

ODA's Pesticide Program completed more than 275 investigations in 2013 resulting in the nine penalties.

The agency licenses more than 12,000 commercial pesticide businesses and applicator, most which the agency says comply with  Oregon pesticide laws.