In today’s Ag News Roundup, water allotment less than expected in Washington, cougar management updated, how to encourage hummingbirds, new tax could affect Washington farmers, and mason bees take flight early in the season.
Water Allotment Gets Trimmed in Washington State
According to the Washington Ag Network, junior rights holders are expected to get just 77% of their water this coming season. The Bureau of Reclamation issued a statement saying reservoir storage is the Yakima basin was at 78% of average.
Official Suggests Removing Problematic Cougars
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind has suggested that wildlife managers should chase and kill cougars that may pose a threat to the public, livestock, or wildlife officials.
Getting Hummingbirds to Visit Your Garden
Faculty members at Oregon State University’s fishers and wildlife division, have some advice for those wanting to attract hummingbirds to their back yard and garden. Tips include growing nectar-producing flowers as well as supplementing with feeders.
Washington Farmers Facing Additional Tax
Washington State Senate Bill 5438 could impose a fee for producers who utilize the H2-A program. A recent hearing highlighted the problems with the bill and brought much-needed insight to some lawmakers who may not always understand the difference between urban and rural communities.
Mason Bees First To Emerge
In a recent report from Oregon State University Extension Service, mason bees are the first to emerge in the spring. Honeybees and other pollinators may still be hibernating in many regions.