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Coastal Ag News Roundup

September 21, 2018
In today’s Ag News Roundup, wolves to be killed in Colville National Forest, planning ahead now makes for great tomatoes next year, troubled dairies appointed to trustee, Washington potato farmers expecting great yields, and a Colville National Forest plan is under scrutiny.

WDFW to Target Wolves in Colville National Forest

A Thurston County judge will allow the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill up to two wolves in the northeast area of the state. The department has needed to eliminate eight wolves in the past two years in the same region.

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Plan Now for Great Tomatoes Next Year

According to Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturists, this year has been above-average for home-grown tomatoes. To enjoy another bumper crop next year, experts suggest checking your soil’s pH, reviewing watering practices, and following some specific growing guidelines.

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Troubled Dairies being Appointed to Trustee

Lost Valley Farm in Oregon, as well as several other bankrupt dairies in California under the same owner will be managed by a court appointed trustee. The ruling was handed down to appease creditors that are owed upwards of $160 million.

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Above-Average Yields Expected for Washington Potato Farmers

Potato farmers in Washington state are expected to see above-average yields this year. Some are predicting up to a 20-percent increase, despite the smoky days that blocked sunlight throughout the growing regions.

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Northeast Washington Ranchers to Likely Object Forest Service Plan

The U.S. Forest Service has released an updated management plan for the Colville National Forest. The new plan has some cattlemen worried, specifically the parts that regulate grass height and isolate vast acres to wilderness.

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