In today’s Ag News Roundup, farmland prices reach record highs, greater Idaho movement garners more support, new research could help treat cancer, stink bug populations soar, and Oregon State Police asking for help to find poachers.
Farmland Prices Reach Record Highs
According to a recent article, farmland prices across the country have reached record highs. In some parts of the U.S., values have risen by nearly 20% in just the last year. Those prices are too much for some farmers to afford.
Greater Idaho Movement Garners More Support
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, residents in Oregon’s Morrow County have signed a petition to further review the possibility of moving the county to the state of Idaho. The Greater Idaho Movement seeks to merge much of the eastern half of Oregon with Idaho.
New Research Could Help Treat Cancer
Oregon State University scientists have found a way to utilize magnetic nanoparticles to fight cancer. The nanoparticles are able to reach 122 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be used in cancer lesions. However, the treatment can only be utilized if the tumor is accessibly by hypodermic needle.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Pose Threat to Crops
According to Oregon State University Extension Service, orchards and other crops may be at risk due to a large increase in the number of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) in the state. The BMSB first came to the U.S. in the late 1990s from Asia and have spread to every state in the country.
Oregon State Police Looking for Poachers
State police in Oregon are looking for information on poachers that have killed elk, bears, and salmon. If you have any information, please call (800) 452-7888.