In today’s Ag News Roundup, agriculture is today’s high-tech industry, Oregon leads trade mission to China, wheat growers strengthen ties to Japan, town fights back against invading crickets, and online fleece auctions result in quick sales.
High Tech Now Includes Agriculture
High tech is changing the way farmers, ranchers, and growers are raising crops and animals. From an article posted by the Washington State Farm Bureau, advances in agriculture are far outstepping population growth, which could mean a bright future for the planet and the industry.
Oregon Ag Departments Led Trade Mission to China
This past week, the Oregon Agriculture Department lead a trade mission to China alongside several Oregon ag producers. The Oregon Department of Agriculture says that China is critical for Oregon agriculture. It’s hoped the mission will have helped to solidify relationships between the Pacific Northwest and China.
Washington Wheat Growers Strengthen Relationship with Japan
Representatives from the Washington Department of Agriculture, Washington Grain Commission, and Washington State University have met with the Japanese Flour Millers Association to ensure an ongoing relationship to benefit the U.S. wheat industry. Some in the American wheat industry feel exports are at risk with Australia and Canada joining the TPP.
Cricket Invaders Met with Force in Arlington
The town of Arlington in north-central Oregon is preparing for a second round of crickets with some help from Oregon State University Extension and the Oregon Department of Agriculture. A combination of pesticides and bait are being implemented to fight the infestation expected soon.
Online Fleece Auctions Make Quick Sales
A Salem-area sheep shearer has put online video chat to good use by showing potential customers an animal in full fleece and the wool as it is shorn. The events happen live on Facebook, and result in immediate sales.