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Ag News | December 19, 2021

Ag News Roundup: December 19th, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, Japanese beetle worrying farmers and WSDA, FFA teaches life lessons, Washington state lawmakers pushing USDA to finalize funding, online food and farm finder expands, and Oregon brothers receive national award for environmental stewardship.

2021 Farm Income Forecast Updated by USDA

From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the USDA Economic Research Service has updated the 2021 profit projections for the farm sector. According to the department, profits are expected to show an increase of 24.2% over 2020.

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Catherine Wolfpack May have been Poisoned

The Fish and Wildlife Division of the Oregon State Police is investigating a possible poisoning of the Union County Catherine wolfpack. In total, five members of the pack were found dead by possible poisoning.

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Washington Apple Orchards Using Trellises

In an effort to get bigger yields per ache, some Washington state apple growers have turned to trellises in recent decades. The transition requires growers to replant with shallower roots and then incorporate trellises to bear the weight of the fruit.

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Weather Data Collected for Over 125 Years

For over 125 years, experts with the Washington State University Extension Service have been collecting weather data with specialized National Weather Service equipment located in a field in Clark County. The National Weather Service has recognized the efforts with a service award.

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Floods Devastate Mount Vernon Region 


From the Seattle Times, farms and dairies experienced extensive loss amid November floods in and around Mt. Vernon. Livestock, machinery, land, and more were likely affected by the record-breaking storms and surge.


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