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Coastal Ag News Roundup

June 14, 2018

In today’s Ag News Roundup, humans encourage canine problem solving, farm bill written to help agriculture, tariffs imposed on apple exports, senate to vote on $145.1 billion ag bill, and 25 plants that attract bees.

Dogs Problem Solve with Human Encouragement

A new Oregon State University study found that human encouragement could influence how well dogs solve problems. The study finds that dogs are more successful at solving issues and finishing a task when their owners or handlers are present.

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Senate Releases Bipartisan Farm Bill

The aptly named Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 has been released by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The act is designed to help farmers and ranchers with unpredictable trade markets and the struggles of producing crops and livestock across the U.S.

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Washington Apple Industry Faces Steep Tariffs

New regulatory tariffs on U.S. apple imports into Mexico may experience a 20 percent tariff. Washington state produces two-thirds of all apples grown in the U.S. and represents 90 percent of all U.S. exports. Mexico is one of the state’s largest importers of apples.

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U.S. Senate to Vote on $145.1 Billion Ag Bill

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley who serves on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture says a new bill will provide “significant resources for rural Americans and Oregonians.” The bill will bring increased funding for several items, including broadband internet access in rural areas, organic farming programs, and other research to help farmers and ranchers.

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OSU Master Gardeners Help Attract Bees

Oregon State University Extension master gardeners have compiled a list of 25 plants that attract native bees. The volunteer program hopes the information will help native bees thrive, which will help pollinate crops throughout the Northwest.

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