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Ag News | April 12, 2020

Ag News: April 12th, 2020

Ag News Roundup for April 12, 2020

In today’s Ag News Roundup, farm groups praise economic aid package, drought appears to be worsening in Northwest, gardens bring happiness, ag classified as critical infrastructure, and how to keep plants healthy and productive from the experts at OSU Extension Service.

Farm Groups Praise Economic Aid Package

According the Washington State Farm Bureau, farm groups from across the U.S. have commended lawmakers for ensuring farmers get some of the funding found in the stimulus package created to combat the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Drought Possibilities Expand Across Northwest

The Washington Ag Network has shared USDA figures showing drought conditions throughout the Northwest, including parts of Idaho and Oregon. 40% of Washington and 85% of Oregon are considered to be abnormally dry, 65% of Idaho is on target for appropriate soil moisture.

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Feeling Stuck? Gardens Can Bring Happiness.

Oregon State University Extension Service has posted advice for those feeling isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. They suggest gardening to help alleviate anxiety. In addition, OSU is urging people to take up bird watching and other outdoor activities that do not take them beyond their back yard or acreage.

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Ag Classified as Critical Infrastructure

The agriculture industry has been labeled as a critical industry by the Trump administration amid the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions limiting movement and social gathers across the U.S. The designation encompasses the entire food and agriculture production system.

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Keeping Plants Healthy and Productive

According to a recent story from Oregon State University Extension service, dividing plants and replanting in new holes can add health and productivity to flowers and other plants. Additionally, OSU has shared tips on how to properly divide plants and share them with friends, family, and neighbors.

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