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Ag News | October 12, 2017

Ag News Roundup

In today’s Ag News Roundup, cities do use slightly more water than farms, more wolves to be killed after more attacks, complicated gardening terms explained, 4-H Week kicks off 4-H Month, and a new reservoir in Washington designed to help apple farmers.

Urban Areas Use Slightly More Water than Farms

According to economic researchers at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, urbanization of farmland causes only a slight increase in water usage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Researchers used historical data as a basis. The areas in the study included Woodburn, Salem-Keizer, and Eugene-Springfield.

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Harl Butte Wolf Pack Lethal Control Reopened

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized the killing of four wolves from the Harl Butte pack. This follows two additional attacks on livestock in the past week. The wolves will be killed by either state officials or specific livestock producers affected by the wolves. Since early August, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has removed four adult wolves from the pack.

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Experts Explain Complicated Gardening Terms

Oregon State University Extension Service experts have compiled and defined a list of common gardening terms and phrases. The list has been shared on the University’s website. It covers cold composting, zones, pollination, and others.

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National 4H Week Begins a Month of Celebrations

Last week, more than 6-million young people from across the U.S. celebrated National 4-H Week. The event, which highlighted all that the organization does for today’s youth, also looked back at its humble beginnings when it was a simple tomato growing club in 1902.

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ROZA Wasteway Reservoir Set to Help Farmers

The ROZA Wasteway Reservoir just outside Sunnyside, Washington is ready to help farmers during time of low water supplies. According to officials, the reservoir was paid for by the Bureau of Reclamation, the ROZA Irrigation District, and the Department of Energy. The goal is to ensure apple farmers receive consistent water supplies. The reservoir will reclaim irrigation water that was once sent back to the Yakima River.

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