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Ag News Roundup: January 31, 2021

January 30, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, profits expected for wheat growers and forest products, large donation made to Oregon FFA, bees produce more females after wildfires, 2020 wine exports examined, and tractor sales strong in 2020.  

Profits Expected for Wheat Growers and Forest Products

The Northwest Farm Credit Services has projected that the 2020-21 season average price for all-wheat will be higher than the 2019-20 season. Additionally, the organization anticipates mills and timberland owners will see a profitable year.    

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More Female Bees Produced Following Wildfires

According to Oregon State University researchers, certain bee populations will produce more female offspring following a forest fire. The study found that the severity of the fire does have an influence on the percentage of females produced in the burned areas.  
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Wine Commission Looks at 2020 Exports

In an interview from the Pacific Norwest Ag Network, the Washington State Wine Commission international marketing manager looks at 2020 wine exports and sums up the good and bad aspects of the year.         

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Oregon FFA Receives $500,000 Donation

The Oregon FFA was given a $500,000 donation from Northwest Farm Credit Services (NWFCS). The funds are part of the NWFCS’s initiative to invest in education and research throughout the Norwest.  

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Tractor Sales End 2020 on a Good Note

U.S. farm tractor and combine sales ended with solid growth in 2020. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, sales rose 26.8% in December 2020 compared to the same time in 2019.

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