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By Jess Macinko
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Weed trouble in Moro, Oregon


Jess Macinko

ON THE RECORD: Azure Standard CEO David Stelzer addresses a crowd of some 300 people at a meeting of the Sherman County Court, Wednesday, May 17. A debate over Azure Farms' noxious-weed control has gone viral on social media, drawing international attention.

"Noxious weeds spread the same way as something that's viral on Facebook." With those words, Sherman County wheat farmer Bryan Cranston linked the twin threads of a homegrown controversy that's garnered international attention.

Cranston was one of several concerned citizens who spoke at a special meeting of the Sherman County Court last Wednesday. The subject was Azure Farms Inc., an organic farm that's come under scrutiny for an allegedly negligent weed-control, and, according to critics, an equally irresponsible social media campaign.

Almost two thousand acres of Moro-area properties, leased by Azure Farms Inc., have been the subject of noxious weed ordinance violations since 2006. The...

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