In today’s Ag News Roundup, USDA announces additional pandemic assistance, how to grow vegetables in small containers, why pasture health management could wane in the coming year, the hunt for the Asian giant hornet continues, and this year’s Young Apple Leaders chosen.
Pandemic Assistance Announced by USDA
The USDA says nearly $6 billion will be put into new programs to assist producers. Leadership within the American Farm Bureau says farmers who had already signed up for CFAP (Coronavirus Food Assistance Program) will not need to reapply.
OSU Shares Container Growing Advice
Oregon State University Extension Service has shared tips on using containers and pots on patios, porches, windowsills and more to grow vegetables. The experts with OSU suggest choosing dwarf or miniature varieties to encourage growth in small spaces, as well as other advice.
Pasture Health Management Vital as Pandemic Wanes
While 2020 was seen as one of the best years for pasture management due to more people staying at home, the coming years could see a decline.
U.S. and Canadian Entomologists Coordinate Hunt for Asian Giant Hornets
Washington state as well as U.S. federal agencies and British Columbia are working together to eradicate as many Asian giant hornets as possible. Part of the process will involve public outreach to track and find the invasive species. The search will center in Whatcom County.
Northwest Home to Four Young Apple Leaders
Every year, the U.S. Apple Association chooses fifteen students as Young Apple Leaders. This year, four of those chosen are from the Pacific Northwest, where apple production is among the best in the world.