In today’s Ag News Roundup, water rights in Yakima expected to be met, timber payouts coming to eight western Oregon counties, foreign investments in U.S. cropland expand, WSDA to begin annual pest harvest, and bark beetles likely to return to Oregon forests this summer.
Yakima Water Rights Could All be Met
Those in Central Washington with water rights could get the water they need thanks to a rainy and snowy April. The Bureau of Reclamation says water in the Yakima basin should be able to satisfy senior as well as junior water rights holders.
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.
Foreign Investment in U.S. Cropland Grows
From the Daily Yonder, foreign investment in U.S. cropland nearly tripled over the last 10 years. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, total foreign interest controlled cropland reached 10.9 million acres in 2020, which includes 37.6 million acres of forests and pastures.
Annual Pest Harvest Begins Soon in Washington
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will start its annual hunt for invasive pests. The WSDA will set thousands of traps for pests such as the Asian giant hornet, apple maggot, gypsy moth, and more.
Bark Beetles Return to Oregon Forests this Summer
From the East Oregonian, drought conditions could spark a surge of Western pine beetle, Douglas first beetle, and pine engraver beetle. Overstocked forests might also lead to additional beetle activity.