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Coastal Ag News Roundup - January 5th 2020

January 5, 2020

Ag News Roundup for January 5, 2020

In today’s Ag News Roundup, research find new way to control fruit flies, why large bears prefer small streams, USMCA discussed by stakeholders, crop insurance cuts opposed, and Hammond grazing permit revoked.

OSU Finds Ways to Control Fruit Flies

An invasive species of fruit fly could have found its match. Oregon State University researchers have found that a parasitic wasp could help control the spotted wing drosophila. The finding could save billions every year.

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Large Bears Prefer Small Streams

A study by Oregon State University published in the journal Conservation Letters shows that bears prefer smaller stream to make catching salmon easier. While there are not nearly as many fish in a smaller stream when compared to larger rivers, those waterways provide 50-percent of a bear’s fish diet.

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Stakeholders Give Opinions on USMCA

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.

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Groups Oppose Crop Insurance Cuts

The Crop Insurance Coalition is working with the Agriculture Secretary and the Office of Management and Budget to oppose cuts in crop insurance. The group contends that a cut in protection could have serious consequences for the industry.

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Hammond’s Grazing Permit Revoked

A federal judge has revoked a grazing permit for Oregon’s Hammond Ranches. The judge determined that the former Interior Secretary did not properly justify why the ranch should be reissued grazing rights.

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