In today’s Ag News Roundup, agriculture in Washington reaches $10.6 billion, new gene discovered at OSU, tax tips for farmers designed to ease financial stress, poultry owners asked to vaccinate, and thousands of gardening tips now available online.
Washington Ag Totals $10.6 Billion in 2017
Washington state agriculture production increased from 2016 to 2017 to reach a total of $10.6 billion. That is short of the record set in 2015, which was $10.7 billion. The state’s leading commodity was apples, valued at $2.43 billion in 2017. Milk and wheat values were also strong for the year.
New Gene Discovery Could Help Understand Effects of Chemical Exposure
A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives highlights the discovery of a new gene that could help us better understand how chemical exposure causes human diseases. The study was authored by an Oregon State University College of Agriculture Sciences molecular toxicologist.
Washington State Farm Bureau Sharing Tax Tips
The Washington State Farm Bureau (WSFB) is helping farmers and ranchers re-evaluate their tax mindset with a series of tips and articles. The first series titled “Change Your Tax Mindset – 1” describes profits and losses and how to weather sharp ups and downs.
Poultry Owners Asked to Vaccinate Flocks
The USDA hopes a new campaign will remind poultry farmers, as well as those with just a few backyard chickens, to safeguard their flocks from diseases such as bird flu and virulent Newcastle disease. The agency hopes it will slow or even stop the spread of these diseases.
OSU Gardening Experts Have Answered 26,056 Questions
Oregon State University Extension Service’s massive FAQ database of 26,056 questions and answers is now available online. In addition to the past questions and answers, anyone can ask a new question and receive information from a professional.