Coastal Ag News Roundup
Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports
In today’s Ag News Roundup, Northwest winter could be mild, OSU receives sustainability recognition, weather forecasting legislation introduced, Washington surpasses a thousand wineries, and 2018 ag numbers shared.
Winter May be Mild According to Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center has stated this winter could see above-average temperatures for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Northern California. There are few clues to the amount of precipitation to expect over the next several months.
OSU Oak Creek Center Receives Recognition
The OSU Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture has been designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The center is seen by many to be a model for sustainability.
Weather Forecasting Could be Improved with New Legislation
The LEGEND (Learning Excellence and Good Examples for New Developers) Act could help improve weather forecasting and predictability. The new law, if passed by lawmakers, would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to oversee innovations in weather modeling.
Washington Now Has 1,000 Wineries
According to its liquor board, Washington state has more than 1,000 active winery licenses. The industry contributes more than $7 billion to the state’s economy, states Steve Warner, President of Washington State Wine.
Washington State Posts Annual Agriculture Production Numbers
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has posted it 2018 agricultural commodities numbers, with impressive increases in grapes, apples, eggs, and more.