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Ag News | October 5, 2016

Ag News Roundup

OSU Extension Hires Tourism Expert

Outdoor recreation expert Miles Phillips has been hired by the Oregon State University’s Extension Service in conjunction with Oregon Sea Grant. The position is intended to promote Oregon coast tourism. Phillips comes to OSU from Texas A&M University Extension where he headed a tourism program aimed to merge agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and recreation.

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Good Weather Bolsters Local Wheat Yields

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Washington’s winter wheat production topped 130 million bushels in 2016, up 46 percent from 2015. Similarly, spring wheat production was up 18 percent. However, lower prices and starch damage have hindered profits.

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EPA Staff Concerned Over Campaign Legality

According to documents acquired by the Capital Press through the Freedom of Information Act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top Northwest official did not see the What’s Upstream marketing campaign as a legal issue. But those within the agency had reservations about using federal funds to promote a political agenda against Northwest farmers.

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Voters to Choose Washington’s Next Land Commissioner

Two candidates are running to become Washington’s next land commissioner. Either Democrat Hilary Franz or Republican Steve McLaughlin will win the election and be tasked with preserving forests, water and habits while facing wildfires, a changing climate, and reduced revenues from land leases.

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New Federal Antibiotic Rule Bans Medicated Feed

A new federal rule could limit how ranchers and farmers care for and treat sick animals and herds. The new rule would restrict the way feed-grade antibiotics are labeled and used. Producers of cattle, sheep, chickens, and pigs will be affected the most by the new regulation.

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