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Ag News Roundup: May 9th, 2021

May 9, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, non-dairy wording up for debate, drought declared in Umatilla County, innovations coming to the ag industry, Oregon’s wolf population continues to grow, and carbon credit act gains momentum.

U.S. Lawmakers Hoping to Stop Use of Dairy Terms for Non-Dairy Products

The Dairy Pride Act of 2021, proposed by lawmakers from Idaho, Wisconsin, and Vermont, hope to help the dairy industry in its battle with non-dairy products that use dairy-specific wording. If passed into law, the act would require the creation of national guidelines.

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Umatilla County Declares Drought Disaster

The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has moved to declare a drought disaster in their county. They are hoping the state will also declare a drought, which could help local farmers receive federal grants.

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Innovators are Focusing on Ag

From the Capital Press, innovations such as grape goggles that help winegrowers know exactly when all grapes are ready for harvest, to a micro-climate data app that monitors weather, soil moisture and more, could soon help farmers and ranchers throughout the northwest.

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Oregon Wolf Population Growing

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are now 173 wolves among 17 packs in the state. The department determined the population based on sightings, remote camera photos, and tracks.    

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Carbon Credit Bill Moves Forward

The Growing Climate Solutions Act, written to help lower barriers for farmers, ranchers and others from participating in carbon credit markets, has cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee. The act could help producers and foresters earn carbon credits.

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