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Ag News | January 17, 2017

Ag News Roundup

Coastal Ag News Roundup

In todays Ag News Roundup, researchers release beaver genome, grizzly restoration unwanted, wolf attacks hoped to end in Washington state, new soybean disease discovered, and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley continues to represent Oregon ranchers and farmers.

OSU Researchers Analyze Complete Beaver Genome

The North American beaver is a vital part of healthy streams and ecosystems. To help ensure the longevity and success of the species, a team at Oregon State University released the genome sequence for the school’s official mascot at the annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego. It’s hoped the genetic code will enable scientists to further study the mammal and its environmental adaptations as well as evolutionary origins.

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Trump Could Stop Grizzly Restoration

While the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hoping to bring 200 grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades, leaders in Okanogan and Chelan County are looking to the Trump administration to halt the process. Those who live and work in the region state that reintroduction of grizzly to the area could be disastrous.

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Ending Wolf Attacks in Washington State

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) states it has killed seven wolves in the Colville National Forest of northeastern Washington. The wolves were part of the Profanity Peak pack, and had been known to kill livestock. In a report from WDFW, the elimination of the wolves cost the department $134,999.

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New Soybean Disease Discovered

Oregon State University’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing has discovered a virulent plan-disease that uses a “decoy” protein to confuse a plant’s immune system. The disease can devastate crops and natural ecosystems, according to OSU. The discovery came as part of a 13-year study between Chinese and American research teams eager to combat pathogens of this type.

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Oregon Leader Maintains National Agriculture Position

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley announced that he would remain on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development. The leader has said he will advocate for Oregon farmers and ranchers. Additionally, he is expected to fight for funding of the Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center amid sharp budget cuts.

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