In today’s Ag News Roundup, firefighters may be exposed to more harmful chemicals than previously thought, COVID testing may fall to farmers, ag photos wanted for 2021 calendar, USDA to assist farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires, and fall lawn advice.
Study Finds Firefighters Exposed to Harmful Chemicals
A study from Oregon State University and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency has found that firefighters are exposed to more potentially harmful chemicals than previously thought. These include exposure to 18 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs, which are known to cause cancer.
Testing Costs May Fall to Washington Farms
While Washington state’s governor has ordered that all farmworkers be tested for COVID-19, the cost for those kits is likely to be paid for by the farms doing the testing. The Washington State Farm Bureau reports that the state paid for 4,500 tests for a fruit-growing company, but is not expecting to pay for further tests at other farms in the state.
Oregon Ag Photos Wanted
The Oregon Farm Bureau is looking for ag-related photos for its 2021 wall calendar. Deadline to submit photos is September 15, 2020 at www.OregonFB.org/calendar.
USDA Assists Ag-related Business Affected by Wildfire
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the USDA says it is ready to help eligible farmers and ranchers affected by recent wildfires with reestablishing day-to-day operations. Those affected are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center.
OSU Gives Green Lawn Advice
Oregon State University Extension Service has shared some lawn renovation advice for homeowners, including when to fertilize. According to the report, one of the most important times to feed a lawn is during the weeks following Labor Day weekend.