In today’s Ag News Roundup, wildfire smoke may impact wine industry, scientists vacuum Asian giant hornets, COVID-19 farmworker housing rules extended in Oregon, wheat growers may see a profitable year, and a grant from the USDA being used to expand suicide prevention throughout ag industry in the western U.S.
OSU Studies Wildfire Smoke Impact on Wine Industry
Scientists from Oregon State University are looking at the effect of wildfire smoke on grapes throughout Oregon. According to experts, grapes do absorb smoke, which can impact flavor. It’s hoped the wildfires will not have a negative impact on the region’s wine industry.
Asian Giant Hornet Nest Vacuumed by Scientists
According to Capital Press, the state’s agriculture department destroyed an Asian giant hornet nest in late October. The nest was discovered in Blaine, Washington, near the Canadian border. The hornets pose a threat to honey bees that pollinate crops.
COVID-19 Farmworker Housing Rules Extended in Oregon
Housing protections for farmworkers living in employer-provided hosing will extend through April 30, 2021. The extension came as an executive order from Oregon Governor Kate Brown in late October.
Profits Anticipated for Wheat Growers
The Northwest Farm Credit Services has reported a positive outlook for wheat growers. In the same report, hay growers are believed to face varied prices and demand.
Grant to Help Expand Suicide Prevention Among Ag Industry
The USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Networks has granted $7-million to help expand farmer suicide prevention work being done by Washington State University. The university plans to bring its resources to 13 western states.