I received an email from my contact in the Pendleton, Oregon area stating that the APHIS (Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, part of the USDA) team of investigators stopped by their farm and asked about any signs of Roundup resistant plants. The answer was an emphatic “no” with a qualifying statement that clean fields were a top priority and the observation would have been made immediately had their been any suspect plants.
On the lighter side, a discussion then ensued about about good fishing in the area, which there is plenty of as beautiful Wallowa Lake and mountains are just east of La Grande (see map below). Apparently, the APHIS folks are a friendly bunch and wanted something to do over the weekend 🙂
With all this negative publicity Oregon has been getting I have to step up and say that 14 summers ago, I rode Cycle Oregon, a week long bike ride through stunningly beautiful areas of Oregon, a different one every year. That year it was through the Wallowas, sometimes referred to as the “Alps” of Oregon, situated between the Blue Mountains to the west and the Snake River to the east. I have never seen more pristine country.
Photo Credits: Roger Ward & R.U.P.A.K – A.N.T.O ~~/Flickr