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June 15, 2016

Nesting Hawks Not Concerned with Wyoming Infrastructure

Recent finding by Oregon State University wildlife researchers show that Wyoming’s oil and gas industries do not seem to interfere with nesting of ferruginous hawks. The three-year study found that birds returned to nests near well pads, roads, and more, as long as there were sufficient prey animals nearby. The study was published in the journal PLOS One.

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Annual Gypsy Moth Hunt Has Begun

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has begun its annual gypsy moth hunt, with trappers placing bright-orange traps in trees, shrubs, and more. The decade-long effort aims at eradicating the pest. The non-toxic traps attract male moths with a pheromone and snares them with a sticky coating. Not native to the region, gypsy moths are capable of defoliating over 1-million acres of trees a year.

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Bridging the Gap Between Rural and Urban

Working with Portland are schools, Unity, Oregon’s Burnt River School district invited high school students to come to the region for a semester to study agriculture and science. Dozens responded, and eight will be attending the rural school in September. The program, named Burnt River Integrated Agriculture/Science Research Ranch, aims at bringing new people into agriculture, as well as bridge the ever-widening gap between Oregon’s urban and rural settings.

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USDA Estimates 1-Million Fewer Corn Acres

According to Ag Web powered by Farm Journal, the USDA’s June 30 Acreage report could show a 1- to 2-million drop in corn acreage. While near-term corn prices are still dropping, experts are hopeful that less supply could mean more demand and higher prices.

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Farmers to Get Their Day in Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that landowners can challenge the federal government regarding management of wetlands and streams under the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The ruling gives recourse to landowners affected by importer regulations. Moreover, it may help establish guidelines for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will protect a landowner’s rights as well as the environment.

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