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Ag News | January 29, 2022

Ag News Roundup: January 30, 2022

In today’s Ag News Roundup, meat production slows despite demand, possible skin cancer prevention found in vaccine, prescribed fire training hoped to help with restoration, row crop expectations mixed, and caring for fruit trees with expert advice.

Meat Plants Slow Production Amid COVID-19 Infections

According to Pacific Northwest Ag Network, U.S. meat companies have been forced to slow production due to COVID-19 infections among workers. The slowdown has also affected farmers and ranchers who have had to keep and feed cattle for longer than anticipated.

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New Research Suggests Possible Skin Cancer Prevention

Oregon State University College of Pharmacy has found that the COVID-19 vaccine could stimulate a person’s production of a specific protein. This protein, which is critical to the skin’s antioxidant network, could help protect against UV-induced cancers, including other skin problems.

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Prescribed Fire Training to Help with Restoration

From Oregon State University Extension Service, prescribed fire training taught by OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension faculty could help with future landscape restoration.

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Area Row Crop Expectations are Mixed

From Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the quarterly commodity snapshot of row crops across the region show mixed expectations in 2022. This includes a 12-month outlook for potato producers expecting profitable months ahead.

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Expert Recommendations to Care for Fruit Trees 


Oregon State University Extension Service has shared some insights into caring for fruit trees. The OSU publication discusses labor-intensive home orchard care as well as recommendations for those with one or two fruit-bearing trees.


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