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Ag News Roundup

September 27, 2017
In today’s Ag News Roundup, wolf packs continue to expand, the fresh produce industry set to host its own Shark Tank competition, the National 4-H Hall of Fame set to induct Oregonian, forestry reform gets political, and beetle infested trees being thinned in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Northeast Oregon Wolf Packs Grow in Numbers

According to the East Oregonian, wolves are making permanent homes in northeast Oregon. Specific areas include the Mount Emily and Walla Walla wildlife areas. Due to wolf population growth, there are now more than 36 wolves in the area. With the increase in numbers, ranchers are seeing a rise in attacks on cattle.

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Western Growers Association Foundation Hosts Shark Tank Competition

The Western Growers Association’s Foundation is hosting a competition similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank. The competition is intended to highlight innovations in the fresh produce industry. Participants could receive up to $250,000 to support their ideas. The competition is set for October 31, 2017.

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Oregonian Inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Nellie Oehler, who has served Oregon’s 4-H Youth Development Program for more than 50 years, is being inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on October 6, 2017. Oehler has previously been honored as an inductee in 2009 to the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame.

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Forestry Reform Gets Political

This year’s wildfire season is getting a lot of attention in Washington D.C. Lawmakers are looking for better ways to manage national forests, reduce the number of fires, and save taxpayer money. Some of the options include forest thinning, which would have an added benefit of boosting the Northwest’s lumber industry.

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Beetle-Killed Tree Stands Set to be Thinned

The East Oregonian is reporting that an area of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is set to be thinned. The trees set to be cut include those killed by a beetle infestation. The area will cover 17,951 acres near Eagle Creek.

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