In today’s Ag News Roundup, direct-to-consumer farm commodity sales continue to skyrocket, wet and cold spring affecting corn farmers in Western Washington, OSU Extension Master Gardner Awards announced, a new paper calls for more wolves in the West, and a look at municipal canning of the past and possible future.
Direct-to-Consumer Farm Sales Continue to Skyrocket
From Pacific Northwest Ag Network, U.S. direct-to-consumer farm sales reached nearly $11 billion in 2020. That is an increase of 35% from 2019. Some experts expect the trend to continue.
Wet and Cold Spring Affecting Corn Farmers in Western Washington
From Capital Press, Western Washington corn farmers faced planting delays and more this spring. Now, those same farmers are hoping to finish harvesting silage corn later in October, weeks beyond their usual timeframe.
OSU Extension Master Gardner Awards Announced
48 OSU Extension Service master gardener volunteers have been recognized and awarded for their dedication and knowledge. The annual awards are supported by the OSU Master Gardner program and the Oregon Master Gardener Association.
New Paper Calls for More Wolves in the West
From the Capital Press, a paper in the journal BioScience calls for fewer cattle and more wolves in the western U.S. The paper proposes changes to 11 blocks of federal land along 11 states.
Could Municipal Canning Make a Comeback?
From the Daily Yonder opinions, public canneries once dotted the U.S., giving farmers and gardeners a place to preserve their produce. Some are calling for new canning facilities in an era when more families are growing their own food to save money.