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Ag News Roundup: December 20th, 2020

December 19, 2020

In today’s Ag News Roundup, Christmas tree supply adequate despite pandemic, turkey farmers warning of overproduction, new control found for invasive slugs, gypsy moth spraying proposed for spring in Washington state, and a new 4-H hiking club offered in Oregon.  

Christmas Tree Supply Okay Despite COVID

According to Oregon State University Extension Service, some Christmas tree farms have had to close due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, but the supply for consumers remains adequate. Additionally, some u-cut farms have pivoted to take reservations, allowing them to stay open to the public.    

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Some Turkey Farmers Warning of Overproduction

Due to the pandemic, turkey farmers across the country have had to guess demand, says Washington State Farm Bureau. Some farmers are saying that the always steady increase in demand has waned in 2020, which could mean too many big birds in the future.

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Invasive Slug Control Found with Nematode  

Researchers with Oregon State University have discovered microscopic nematodes that seem to liquify slugs. The discovery could help offset the billions of dollars lost in agriculture per year due to invasive slugs.  

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Gypsy Moth Treatment Proposed for Spring in Washington State

To help protect Washington’s trees from Asian gypsy moths, the Washington State Department of Agriculture is proposing to treat 639 acres near Silver Lake. The treatment is said to be safe for people, plants, pets, fish, birds and bees.

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New Hiking Club Offered to 4-H Youth

Oregon State University Extension Service is now offering a hiking club for youth in and around Lakeview, Oregon. The club was designed for those in grades 4 through 6 to promote healthy activities and outdoor safety.    

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