Ag News Roundup for December 15, 2019
In today’s Ag News Roundup, rural and urban economies compared, prink rot has a new enemy, OSU’s full catalog of advice goes online, gypsy moths given an eviction notice, and Christmas tree prices remain consistent.
USDA Compares Rural vs. Urban Community Struggles
A new report by the USDA Economic Research Service has highlighted the problems facing rural America and Urban centers. Areas examined include population decline in small towns, as well as income rates and unemployment.
New Innovation in the Fight Against Pink Rot
Potato growers will have a new tool in the fight to control the soil-borne disease called pink rot in the coming years. Miller Research out of Idaho has been working to help solve the problem since the pathogen developed resistance to certain chemicals that were helping to manage the disease.
OSU Extension Publishes Online Catalog
Oregon State University Extension Service’s online catalog now features up to 200 garden-related guides as well as over 700 publications on food preservation, health, emergency preparedness, and sustainable living.
WSDA Proposes Treatment for Gypsy Moth
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is hoping future treatments for gypsy moth will eradicate the intruder. The proposal sets to treat 1,300 acres in Snohomish County this coming spring.
Christmas Tree Supply, Demand, and Prices Steady
The 2019 Christmas tree shopping season is well under way, but already experts are finding that this year’s supply and prices are similar to those in 2018. OSU College of Forestry states that the average price for a tree has remained consistent over both years.