Ag News Roundup: October 25th, 2020
In today’s Ag News Roundup, prior clean water rules going into effect in Washington state, how to control springtime slugs, preserving farmland along a river, eradicating an invasive species in the Port of Tacoma, and U.S. winemakers facing difficulties.
Washington to Retain Prior Clean Water Rules
The Washington Department of Ecology is planning to regulate waters not covered by the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the U.S. with Obama-era clean water rules. Farm groups have opposed the prior administration’s rules on regulating wetlands, streams, and ditches.
Controlling Slugs in the Spring Starts Now
Oregon State University Extension Services has shared information about controlling slugs in springtime gardens. According to the experts, eliminating slugs now can help prevent them from laying eggs that will hatch when temperatures start to rise in the spring.
Washington Farmland Guarded by Man-made Log Jams
According to the Washington Farm Bureau, farmland in southwest Washington is being protected from washing away thanks to a $2.2 million project that was completed in early October. The log jams were put in place on the Lower Satsop River.
WSDA Teams Up to Eradicate Invasive Snails
The Washington State Department of Agriculture, along with Washington State University, is working to eliminate an invasive snail from the Port of Tacoma. While traditional methods of controlling the species have failed, using steam has shown to be effective.
U.S. Wine Industry Faces Even More Hurdles
From a report in the Washington Post, natural disasters, including wildfires, throughout winegrowing regions of the U.S. are hindering industry growth and U.S. winemaking as a whole.