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Ag News | October 1, 2018

Coastal Ag News Roundup

In today’s Ag News Roundup, severe drought continues to affect Oregon and Washington, ranchers may get grazing relief, trade agreements good news for U.S. cattle producers, grant awarded to WSU, and OSU shares poinsettia growing tips.

Northwest Drought Triples in Size

According to a U.S. Drought Monitor report, the drought in Oregon covers almost all of the state, while the drought in Washington covers most of that state. Currently, 22 percent of Oregon and 17 percent of Washington are experiencing severe drought. A warmer than normal winter and dry summer are being blamed.

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Oregon Ranchers May Receive Extended Emergency Relief

Oregon Governor Brown and U.S. Senators Wyden and Merkley asked the USDA to extend emergency grazing for ranchers affected by this year’s wildfires. The relief, if extended, will help ranchers throughout the state who lost vital grazing pastures.

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U.S. Cattle Producers Get Good News

A renegotiated trade agreement with South Korea and news of renewed trade talks with Japan are good news for cattle producers. The director of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association stated that the new developments are good news for the industry.

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Specialty Grant Awarded in Washington

The USDA has issued a $249,751 grant to Washington State University researchers to study Varroa mites and viruses that may be harming honeybees. In total, the USDA has granted $4.6 million to recipients in Washington state.

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OSU Shares Poinsettia Growing Tips

Oregon State University Extension Services have shared expert poinsettia growing tips. According to the website feature, it’s best to start growing them now for December blooms.

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