House Bill 2573, which addresses how and where cranberries are grown would be redefined, was heard in a worksession in the House Committee on Agriculture and Land Use April 4.
The bill would remove cranberries from the definition of high-value farmland (HVF). One definition of high-value farmland refers to lands growing specified perennial crops, such as Christmas trees, vineyards, nuts and cranberries.
As currently designated, the lands are provided with added protection against development, primarily because so much work is invested by the farmer to grow such crops, according to the bill.
Removing cranberries from HVF would allow many more non-farm uses allowable on such land, including dwellings and golf courses. Most of the cranberries produced in Oregon are grown in Coos County, but many are also grown in Northern Curry County.
Oregon is the third-largest cranberry grower in the U.S., bringing in $12.7 million in revenue in 2017.