Eastern Oregon’s onion industry has rallied together to let the Food and Drug Administration know that they believe the agency’s proposed rules for irrigation water would cripple their production, the largest in the nation. It’s close to a $100 million dollar industry for Malheur County, an area with a population of around 32,000 people.
The FDA’s proposed regulations would require growers to use treated water for crop irrigation. Currently, onion growers in Malheur County follow a self-imposed verification system that guarantees their onions are free of pesticide residues and microbial contamination before they reach market.
Do you work in the agricultural industry? How would the proposed regulations affect you?
- Stuart Reitz: OSU Professor and Extension Faculty for Cropping Systems in Malheur County
- Jeff Farrar: Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Partnerships at U.S. Food and Drug Administration