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Federal Water Rules Worry Oregon Farmers

OPB | Aug. 20, 2013 1:37 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 20, 2013 3:46 p.m. | Talent, Oregon

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A U.S. effort to prevent food contaminations before they happen has small Oregon farmers concerned about their bottom line.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports new regulations from the Food and Drug Administration would require cleaner water be used for agricultural purposes, such as irrigation.

But farmers from the Rogue Valley say they’d essentially go out of business paying to chlorinate water so it could meet the proposed FDA rules.

Officials from Oregon’s Department of Agriculture want to calm farmers, saying the proposals still may be amended and exemptions would be available for smaller farms.  

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