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Ag News | January 16, 2021

Ag News Roundup: January 17th, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, carbon proposal in Washington state could hurt farmers, fruit tree health starts now, the importance of drafting a farm succession plan, COVID-19 testing offered by volunteers, and submissions now being accepted for the National Ag Day essay contest.

Washington Carbon Proposal Could Hurt Farmers

From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, several pieces of low-carbon legislation in Washington state said to benefit agriculture may actually hurt farmers across the state. The laws appear to benefit a host of environmental projects that did not gain support in Olympia in 2020.    

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Dormant Oils Key to Fruit Tree Health

According to the Oregon State University Extension Service, tending to and spraying fruit trees with dormant sprays in January can help them fight off insects and diseases in the coming seasons. Dorman sprays, including superior oil, cooper and sulfur may help control moths and apple scab.  

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It's Time to Share Your Farm Succession Plan

The Farm Journal Ag Web has shared some insights and tips about farm succession plans, including how to pick the next leader or potential successor. Clarity is said to be the biggest hurdle for a smooth transition.          

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COVID-19 Testing Offered for Columbia County Residents

In the last weeks of 2020, the Oregon State University Extension Service assisted those in Columbia and parts of Washington counties with COVID-19 testing. The volunteers assisted with drive-thru COVID-19 testing at a local high school.    

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National Ag Day Essay Contest Underway

Submissions are now being accepted through January 31, 2021 for the National Ag Day essay competition. The contest is open to youth grades 9 – 12, with prizes of up to $1,000.      

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