In today’s Ag News Roundup, a new program is being introduced to help farmers and ranchers dealing with depression, lawmakers approve overtime pay for ag workers, Oregon farmers chosen for national award, Asian giant hornets featured in documentary, and how compost adds nutrients to soil.
Program Helps Farmers and Ranchers with Depression
Thanks to an Oregon State University Extension Service program, farmers and ranchers dealing with depression have access to much-needed assistance. The program called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and is designed to help reduce the number of suicides in the farming community.
Washington Lawmakers Approve 40-Hour Ag Work Week
According to Pacific Northwest Ag Network, Washington State Senate Bill 5172 will grant overtime pay to ag workers starting in January 2022. It is the first bill of its kind to bring a 40-hour work week to ag workers in the country.
Oregon Farmers Win National Corn Yield Contest
Every year, the National Corn Yield Contest recognizes farmers for exceptional results. Two farmers in Oregon were chosen among the winners. They included Nolan Mills and Vern Frederickson, both of Boardman, Oregon.
New Documentary Details the Hunt for Asian Giant Hornets
From the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a new documentary, now available on Discover+, shows how the WSDA went in search of the Asian Giant Hornet and its ongoing campaign to limit and stop the spread of the invasive species.
Improving Soil Texture Starts with Compost
Oregon State University Extension Service is urging backyard gardeners to add organic matter to their soil to improve texture and nutrients. The experts with OSU have shared this information, along with other soil enrichment tips, on their website.