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Ag News | April 5, 2018

Ag News Roundup

In today’s Ag News Roundup, uncertainty for Oregon wheat growers, rural areas to get better broadband internet, how the new South Korean trade deal will affect northwest farmers, ODA director visits all 36 Oregon counties, and Washington asparagus growers need people for possible early harvest.

NE Oregon Wheat Trade Deals with Uncertainty

Wheat farmers in northeast Oregon are dealing with an uncertain future amid the U.S. pullout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could affect relationships with customers in other countries that have signed on to a revised TPP. Upwards of 90 percent of Oregon wheat is exported outside the country.

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Microsoft Bringing Broadband to Rural Areas

With high-speed internet becoming a necessity to Americans everywhere, Microsoft is working with rural communities to improve connectivity using TV white space spectrum, among other options. The company is in talks with the Federal Communications Commission to move that plan forward.

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South Korean Trade Deal Good for Farmers

U.S. agriculture exports have retained fair representation in the revised KORUS trade agreement. The USDA and the U.S. trade team worked hard to protect American farmers and agriculture experts in the agreement.

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Oregon Department of Agriculture Directors Makes Historic Visit

The Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), Alexis Tayler has visited all 36 Oregon counties within the first year of her tenure with the department. Taylor has spent more than a decade of her career positively representing farmers and ranchers across the country.

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Labor Shortage Could Affect Asparagus Season

Washington state asparagus growers are hoping to get an early start on the season. However, as reported by the Yakima Herald, farmers are not sure if there will be enough people available to cut and harvest.

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