In today’s Ag News Roundup, water situation a growing concern in parts of Oregon, ag overtime bill moving closer to law, grant awarded to support dairy initiatives, checking crops from the air, and preparing for ag cyberattacks.
Water Situation in Oregon a Growing Concern
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, farmers and the USDA are growing more concerned about the ongoing drought conditions. Experts say the dry conditions have already impacted many crops in the state.
Ag Overtime Bill Passes Another Hurdle
An Oregon overtime pay bill (HB2358) has been passed by a key legislative committee. The bill, which will require farmers to pay higher overtime wages, must pass a budget committee and Senate vote to become law.
$10 Million Grant Awarded to Support U.S. Dairy initiative
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research awarded a $10 million grant to support the Dairy Soil and Water Regeneration. The research will study dairy greenhouse gasses and the possibility of carbon neutrality.
OSU Checks Seed Crops from the Air
For 50 years, Oregon State University Extension Service certification program has inspected the state’s seed crops from the air. Back then, they certified 8,000 acres. Today, they cover more than 190,000 acres covering over 100 different crops.
Ag Should Prepare for Cyberattacks
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, says that every food business and provider should understand the steps needed to protect their infrastructure and data from the growing threat of cyberattacks against U.S. interests.