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Coastal Ag News Roundup

July 12, 2018

In today’s Ag News Roundup, Scio hosts sheepdog competition, OSU offers fertilizer advice, wolf data being kept confidential, profits still expected for Northwest growers, and government aid could be offered to farmers facing tariffs.

Scio Hosts Sheepdog Competition

A Scio farm hosted a United States Border Collie Handler’s Association certified event held over several days last weekend. Handlers were competing for spots at the national competition. Results are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Fertilizer Advice Offered by OSU

Experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service have begun urging backyard gardeners to fertilize their plants and lawns with the proper nutrients. Weston Miller, a horticulturist with OSU Extension Services states that, “You need to know what plants you have and what to apply ...Knowing the plants’ needs makes all the difference.” The reports also includes information about proper lawn fertilization.

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Wolf Data Limited to Public

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it would not give out exact whereabouts of wolves being tracked by the government department. Previously, data about the wolves was given to ranchers and local authorities to help minimize loss of livestock. The new policy, according to the WDFW, is to protect the wolves from being disturbed.

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Profits Still Expected for Cherry and Apple Growers

The Northwest Farm Credit Services says it expects cherry and apple growers to see a profit this year despite tariffs being implemented by China and other countries. Experts say a light California crop and larger Northwest harvest will help with profit margins.

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Federal Government May Provide Farmer Aid

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met with Northwest farmers and growers last week to discuss tariffs being imposed by China, Mexico, and Canada. He stated that some government assistance may be provided at the federal level to make up for lost profits.

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