Ag News Roundup for March 15, 2020
In today’s Ag News Roundup, Oregon timber industry could experience slower growth, additional aid slated for farmers, milk prices likely to rise in coming months, new head of OSU department named, and small farm conference seen as a success.
Oregon Timber Industry Could Slow with Tree Growth
According to the Capital Press, experts believe that slowed tree growth could threaten Western Oregon’s commercial timber industry. It’s theorized that rising soil temperatures and drought conditions are at the center of the decline.
White House Hints at Additional Aid for Farmers
The president has signaled that more aid may be coming for farmers affected by the tariffs. The assistance could help reduce additional farm bankruptcies and put farmers in a good position to export their products in the coming years.
Milk Prices Likely to Increase this Year
The USDA says that slow growth in milk production could likely lead to higher prices in 2020. The increase is expected to be about 25-cents higher than 2019.
New Head of Department of Food Science and Technology
Oregon State University has announced Lisbeth Goddik as the new head of the Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Goddik is an OSU Extension dairy processing specialist, and an innovator who helped build an artisan cheese industry in Oregon.
OSU Small Farms Conference a Success
Participants from around the Northwest attended the annual Oregon State University Small Farm Conference in late February. OSU started hosing the conference 20 years ago.