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Ag News Roundup: May 7, 2023

May 5, 2023

Ag news headlines this week include a breakthrough in understanding how wildfire smoke affects grapes and winemaking, grocery price hikes expected by consumers, bees return to clearcut areas in Oregon, experts weigh in on the future of farming, and why big farms are getting bigger.

Researchers Begin to Understand How Wildfire Smoke Affects Wine

Oregon State University researchers are another step closer to undemanding how wildfire smoke affects the flavors of grapes used in winemaking. The finding could help mitigate or even prevent smoke from affecting grapes.

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Grocery Price Hikes Expected by Consumers

From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, a survey has found that consumers expect grocery prices to continue to rise over the next year and beyond. Overall, the findings show Americans foresee price increases of up to 15%.

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Clearcut Areas See More Bee Activity

From Oregon State University, native bees on the Oregon coast range have flocked to clearcut areas. Researchers hope the findings will help scientists better understand forest management and pollinator groups.

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The Future of Farming According to Some Experts  

In a commentary from the Daily Yonder, industry experts discuss sustainability, organic farming, the use of pesticides, and legislation aimed at protecting the environment and farmers alike.

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Big Farms Get Bigger  

From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the average size of the largest farms in the U.S. expanded to 2,927 acres (4.6 square miles) in 2022. That’s an increase of 446 acres back in 2012. Moreover, the largest farms control nearly 26% of America’s farmland.

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