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Ag News Roundup: June 4, 2023

June 3, 2023

Ag news headlines this week include the forecast for a strong El Nino, climate study being conducted by OSU, wolves to be removed from endangered species list in Washington state, right-to-repair law passes in Colorado, and Klamath water case could return to court.

Strong El Nino Forecasted

According to the National Weather Service, a strong El Nino could dominate weather throughout the Pacific Northwest this year. This could mean an unusually warm and dry winter, leading to less snowpack.

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OSU To Study Climate Fluctuations Along Olympic Coast

Oregon State University researchers are set to study climate fluctuations along Washington’s Olympic Coast using 20 years of oceanographic data. Findings could provide early warnings of changes in the world’s oceans.

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Washington State to Remove Wolves from Endangered List

From Capital Press, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended removing wolves from the state’s endangered species list. Instead, wolves would be classified as a sensitive species. However, some of the state’s wolves would remain federally protected.

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Right-to-Repair Law Passed in Colorado

From the Daily Yonder, Colorado has taken steps to ensure farmers, ranchers, and local repair shops can work on and repair new farm equipment. Manufacturers continue to state that reset codes and other simple fixes are trade secrets. Similar laws could be enacted by other states.

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Klamath Water Case Could Return to Court

According to Pacific Northwest Ag Network, a judge in the Klamath water case has not issued a preliminary injunction, leaving the possibility that the case could return to court.

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