In today’s Ag News Roundup, how war in Ukraine affects ag, hardiness zones could soon shift, federal spending bill to make wave energy a reality in Oregon, rural populations see a comeback, and ocean shipping reform bill could help ease supply chain issues.
How War in Ukraine Affects NW Ag
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the war in Ukraine could affect ag worldwide, specifically wheat and grain imports and exports. However, according to one expert, the U.S. should not be considerably impacted due to minimal imports of grains from Russia or Ukraine.
Hardiness Zones Could Shift with Changes in Climate
From Oregon State University Extension Service, the zones determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture could shift by half a zone. The current zones are based on data from 1976-2005.
Federal Spending Bill to Aid Wave Energy and More
A $15 million research project will be looking at the impact of changes in the climate on wheat production and distribution. The project received funding from the USDA.
Bill Provides Relief on Fertilizer Tariffs
Recent federal spending legislation will bring funding for many projects in Oregon, including wave energy as well as wildfire and mass timber projects.
U.S. Rural Populations Bounce Back
From the Daily Yonder, rural counties overall saw an increase in population in 2021 after nearly a decade of steady decline. Some of the increase was due to international migration.
Ocean Shipping Reform Sought
Washington Senator Maria Cantwell is urging lawmakers to pass an Ocean Shipping Reform Act. This legislation would help ease supply chain challenges, helping simplify ag imports and exports.