I see this as a matter of the inability of the grass field farmers who still burn their fields to empathize with the many people the smoke from field burning sickens. That, and that the remaining field burning grass seed farmers don't want to change.
And I cannot be convinced that growing grass seed for golf courses is a worthy industry, more important than the health of people living in the southern Willamette Valley. Those extremely sterile looking, control freak lawns waste a lot of water and use a lot of chemicals, not to mention "spoiling a good walk," as Mark Twain described golf. I remember driving through Boise one summer when the water supply was extremely low-- people had been rationing water-- but the sprinklers were going on the golf course. I would say that just about anything is more important than playing golf, and that the air does not exclusively belong to grass seed farmers.
Many other crops can be grown in Harrisburg and the Willamette Valley-- clay soils are rich in nutrients. How about orchards, hops, or other food? My grandparents were Willamette Valley farmers, and they grew wheat and fruit, and raised dairy cattle. They didn't burn their fields.
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