In today’s Ag News Roundup, WSDA urging closure of live market poultry for 30 days, gaps found in ocean conservation efforts, bird flu quarantines issued in Oregon, fuel prices double for farmers, and how to protect your garden from invading mammals.
Live Market Poultry Sales May be Affected by Closure in Washington
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, The Washington State Department of Agriculture has advised that poultry markets stop sales for 30 days. The closure is hoped to stop the spread of avian influenza found in seven Washington counties in late May.
Timber Payouts Coming to Eight Western Oregon Counties
Eight western Oregon counties will receive payments from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in lieu of timber harvests. The counties will share $29.4 million.
Gaps Found in Ocean Conservation Efforts
From Oregon State University and published in Frontiers in Marine Science, 98% of U.S. waters in the Pacific Ocean are not part of protected areas. According to the finding, more needs to be done to safeguard U.S. waters.
Quarantines Issued in Oregon Over Bird Flu
The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed avian influenza in Lane County in late May. A quarantine was issued for a large area around the property where the outbreak was confirmed.
Fuel Prices Doubling Costs for Farmers
From Ag Web Farm Journal, filling a tractor with fuel now costs some U.S. farmers twice what it did just one year ago. The price of diesel has meant some farmers and ranchers are spending upwards of $1,000 per day on fuel.
Understanding Moles, Voles, and Gophers
Oregon State University Extension Service has advice on dealing with all of the small mammals that invade gardens throughout the Pacific Northwest. The article focuses specifically on moles, voles, and gophers and how they tunnel into and under gardens.