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Ag News Roundup: March 27, 2022

March 26, 2022

In today’s Ag News Roundup, Oregon races to preserve Ash trees, Elliot State Forest to be managed by OSU, bill could provide relief on fertilizer tariffs, timber compromise bills gain support, and answers to your water questions.

Oregon Racing to Preserve Ash Trees

From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the Oregon Department of Forestry is collecting Oregon Ash seeds in an attempt to preserve the tree’s gene pool. An invasive species called the Emerald Ash Borer is quickly killing ash trees across the country. Trees in Oregon could be susceptible to the insect.

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Elliot State Forest to be Managed by OSU

Several Oregon state legislative initiatives passed in the first quarter of 2022 will help fund forest research and other Oregon State University programs. One of the key takeaways was the conversion of Elliot State Forest into an OSU-managed research forest.

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Study to Research Climate Impact on Wheat

A $15 million research project will be looking at the impact of changes in the climate on wheat production and distribution. The project received funding from the USDA.

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Bill Provides Relief on Fertilizer Tariffs

The Pacific Northwest Ag Network reports that the Emergency Relief from Duties Act, recently introduced by lawmakers, would help stabilize prices as well as secure fertilizers for U.S. farmers and ranchers.

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Lawmakers Approve Timber Compromise Bills

Oregon lawmakers are hoping to help end the state’s timber wars with three bills. These include new logging standards that work for the timber industry and environmental groups, as well as tax credits to small forestland owners.

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Bureau of Reclamation Provides Answers

From the Capital Press and East Oregonian, the Bureau of Reclamation water officials for 17 Western states have taken time to answer some important questions about water and forthcoming projects that could affect farmers, ranchers, and the recreation industry.

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