Oregon farmers with cannabis-growing neighbors are increasingly concerned about pesticide drift, reports the Capital Press.
Due to the state’s pesticide testing requirements for cannabis, growers of more conventional crops worry about getting blamed for contamination that renders cannabis unfit for sale.
“I have neighbors growing marijuana, therefore I’m thinking about it,” said Tim Winn, a farmer in Benton County. Neighboring cannabis farmers have asked Winn about the possible source of contamination after their product tested positive for banned pesticides, he said.
While Oregon allows pot farmers to use a few bio-pesticides, detection of conventional chemical pesticides will disqualify a crop from the commercial market.
The best solution would be for neighboring farmers to work out problems amongst themselves, such as agreeing to plant buffer crops between their fields, said Tracey Liskey, a Klamath Falls farmer. “Do we want the state telling us what we can grow and what we can’t?” Liskey asked.