In today’s Ag News Roundup, Oregon considering new groundwater regulations, new research shows dangers of algal blooms, tiny wasps released to target fruit flies, new bill to ban ag and food sector monopolies, and how Washington state is controlling noxious weeds.
Oregon Considering New Groundwater Regulations
From the East Oregonian, water regulators in Oregon are proposing stricter rules for drilling new irrigation to prevent over-pumping. Those close to the initiative say the policy will be simple, transparent, and protective of senior water rights holders.
New Research Shows Dangers of Algal Blooms
Research at Oregon State University shows the dangers of harmful algal blooms that can affect drinking water in the state. The study sampled blooms at 10 Oregon lakes, including Detroit Reservoir.
Tiny Wasps Released to Target Fruit Flies
A parasitic wasp was released in June by OSU Extension Service to control the spotted wing drosophila, a highly destructive fruit fly. Damage to Oregon’s blueberry harvests by the invasive pest is estimated at $500 million a year.
New Bill Could Ban Ag and Food Sector Mergers
From the Daily Yonder, new legislation could ban or limit monopolies in agriculture and food production. The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2022 is currently being reviewed and debated in Washington D.C.
Controlling Noxious Weeds in Washington
From the Seattle Times, Class A noxious weeds are being targeted and removed throughout the state. Some of the more common weeds include garlic mustard.