In today’s Ag News Roundup, landscaping the key to protecting homes from wildfires, farmers to receive aid amid trade war, federal court sides with water rights for farmers, landowners could soon clean more ditch debris on Oregon lands, and reservoir draining helps eliminate invasive fish.
OSU Offers Advice on Protecting Homes from Wildfires
With the increase in wildfires in the Northwest, Oregon State University Extension Service has shared ways homeowners can deter wildfires around their homes. The key, according to a forester with the service, is appropriate landscaping.
Aid Package for American Farmers Announced
From the Washington Farm Bureau, $16 billion in aid for American farmers could help those hit hardest by the trade war. The article continues to investigate the current state of American farming and ranching and the financial demands placed on hard-working Americans.
Federal Court Sides with Water Rights for Farmers
The federal jurisdiction over small and isolated waters by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers has been invalidated by a federal court. The ruling challenges a 2015 Waters of the United States rule that would take control of some waterways from farmers, ranchers, and local water managers.
Oregon Ditch-Cleaning Bill Announced
Some Oregon lawmakers are proposing less red tape and regulations when it comes to ditch cleaning on Oregon farms and ranches. The new legislation would allow farmers to clean more sediment from ditches on their property.
Extreme Reservoir Drainage Helps Eliminate Invasive Fish
According to a new study from Oregon State University published in the journal Ecohydrology, when a reservoir is drained, salmon living downstream are aided. The study measured a drastic decline in largemouth bass and crappie after Fall Creek Reservoir was drained.