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Ag News Roundup: January 3rd, 2021

January 2, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, farmers urged to monitor legislative issues in Washington state, native bees getting help from volunteer program, colder weather still predicted this winter, global wheat supplies continue to increase, and book recommendations posted from OSU.

Leadership Urges Farmers to Watch Legal Issues in 2021

Farmers in Washington are being urged to carefully watch and weigh in on legislative issues during 2021. The director of government relations for the Washington Farm Bureau has highlighted several areas to examine.     

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Native Bees Getting Help from Volunteer Program  

Oregon State University Extension Services Master Gardeners program is beginning to train volunteers to locate and catalog bees. It is the first program of its kind in the nation.  

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La Niña Weather Patterns Still Predicted

Although the typical weather patterns associated with a La Niña have yet to affect the Pacific Northwest, experts say that will change in the coming months. The weather pattern is expected to bring wetter conditions and lower than normal winter temperatures.     

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USDA Says Global Wheat Supply Increasing

According to the USDA, global wheat production increased by 1.3 million tons in December of 2020. The new record wheat output is being tracked by the World Agriculture Economic Outlook Board.     

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OSU Recommends New Books  

Horticulturalists from the Oregon State University Extension Service have recommended 11 books to learn about and care for native trees and plants. Each year, the group compiles their favorite books for wintertime reading and learning.  

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