Ag News Roundup for January 19, 2020
In today’s Ag News Roundup, Washington’s governor shares concerns over wolves and livestock, Oregon blueberry growers introduced to blockchain, OSU tips for planting seed starts, carbon farming bill passes Washington Senate, and new dairy inspections could be coming to Oregon
Wolf Control and Livestock Safety Governor Concern
Governor Jay Inslee is in support of cattle ranchers and their concerns over wolves, according to one of his top aides. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently discussing policy on wolf control in relation to livestock attacks.
Blockchain Technology Used to Track Crops
Intel is working with Willamette Valley growers in Oregon to track locally grown blueberries with blockchain technology. Currently used for things such as Bitcoin, blockchain is said to be a good way of tracking fruit from field to processor.
Planting Medium Helps Establish Seeds
Oregon State University Extension Service, while urging home gardeners to get seeds started 4-12 weeks before the last average spring frost, is also sharing some insights into homemade planting mediums.
Washington Senate Passes Carbon Farming Bill
Farmers and ranchers could soon get paid to reduce greenhouse gasses being produced on their properties. The bill now goes to the House for final revisions and agriculture industry input.
Oregon Bill Would Impose New Dairy Inspections
The new bill being reconsidered during the 2020 legislative session would require a new inspection system for dairies with 2,500 or more mature dairy cows. The bill could help authorize construction of new dairies and ensure proper ongoing operations.