Ag News Roundup for January 19, 2020
In today’s Ag News Roundup, drought a concern for the northwest, local gardens need local plants, organic food sales continue to grow, Asian giant hornets found in Washington state, and outdoor school participation continues to increase.
Oregon and Washington Droughts Being Discussed
From the Washington Ag Network, both Oregon and Washington are abnormally dry for the year. 83% of Washington is considered abnormally dry while 97% of Oregon is currently in that category.
OSU Supports Native Plants for Local Gardens
Oregon State University Extension Service is hoping residents throughout the Northwest will choose native plants for their gardens. The experts cite a benefit for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and others, as well as a reduction in the water needed to grow certain plants.
Organic Food Sales Continue to Grow
The U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) is expected to protect hundreds of thousands of Washington state jobs. Stakeholders have begun to weigh in on the USMCA deal and all that it is expected to do for the state and the Northwest.
Groups Oppose Crop Insurance Cuts
According to the USDA, growth of the organic food market has doubled in growth since 2012. The numbers include vegetables, fruit, as well as livestock.
Asian Giant Hornets Enter Washington
Entomologists with the Washington State Department of Agriculture have found evidence that the Asian giant hornet has made its way into Washington state. The species is considered a threat to other bees, capable of destroying honeybee hives.
Outdoor School Participation Continues to Grow
The 2018-19 Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program grew to include 37,965 students to its list of eligible fifth and sixth graders. Those in charge anticipate over 40,000 students this year.