In today’s Ag News Roundup, questions about food preservation answered by professionals, wheat export demands expected to increase, farmers encouraged to join leadership programs, a good year for cherry growers, and white-birch trees in jeopardy from infestation.
OSU Opens Food Preservation Hotline
Oregon State University Extension Service opened its Food Preservation hotline on July 16, 2018. The free hotline will remain open to callers from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday until October 12, 2018. Anyone with questions about how to property and safely preserve food can talk to a certified Master Food Preserver at 800-354-7319.
U.S. Wheat Exports Expected to Increase
According to the USDA, less global competition could mean an increase in export opportunity for U.S. wheat growers in coming year. To further explain, experts say U.S. production may have increased, but because of less production in other countries, it should lead to more opportunities.
More Farmers Encouraged to Join Leadership Programs
The new program manager with the Washington and Forestry Education Foundation is hoping more farmers will want to take part in the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Foundation education program. Kara Kaelber, the foundation’s new program manager, says the experience can be a benefit and provide leadership opportunities.
Northwest Cherry Growers Experiencing Exceptional Year
According to the Washington Agriculture Network, Northwest Cherry Growers have shipped nearly 20-million 20-pound boxes. That record-setting trend is expected to continue in August. In addition, export demand remains strong.
White-Bark Birch Pests Invading the Northwest
Oregon State University Extension Service warns that the bronze birch borer, first spotted west of the Cascades over a decade ago, has found its way throughout the state of Oregon. The first sign of an infestation includes stunted yellowing leaves and dead branches. The extension service has released a homeowner guide to managing the infestation here.