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Ag News Roundup: June 20th, 2021

June 19, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, discussions continue over the closure of Klamath Project A Canal, southern Oregon wine grape growers may need less water, drought impacts more of the Pacific Northwest, WDOE releases water findings, and water-conscious gardening tips from OSU Extension Service.

Group Plans to Open Klamath Project A Canal

From the Klamath Falls Herald and News, irrigators as well as representatives of the People’s Rights Oregon say the law is on their side to force the opening of the Klamath Project A Canal to ensure farmers and ranchers get the water they need. The region is experiencing unprecedented drought conditions.  

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Wine Grapes May Need Less Water in Southern Oregon

An Oregon State University study has found that wine grape growers in southern Oregon may be able to cut their water usage in half.

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Drought Spreads in the Northwest

According to experts, this year’s harvests could be less than bountiful due to drought conditions affecting farmers and ranchers through the Pacific Northwest.  

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WDOE Releases Columbia Basin Water Report

In a story from Pacific Northwest Ag, the Washington Department of Ecology has released findings that predict water availability in the Columbia basin over the next 20 years. The government agency is now looking for input from farmers and other communities based on the findings to ensure enough water for agriculture, cities, and wildlife.

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OSU Promotes Sustainable Gardening

Due to changes in water availability and other factors, Oregon State University Extension Service has released sustainable garden tips it says can save money and help the planet. Some of the ideas include proper watering, weed management, and more.

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