Untreated areas were incinerated. Areas that had been only thinned or treated with controlled fire survived relatively well. An area that received both thinning and prescribed fire survived best.
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USDA on Monday announced a $90.2 million investment in 203 projects nationwide. Across California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho, 21 projects received funding.
Researchers this fall discovered in Washington state an Asian parasitoid wasp that is the natural enemy of the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that has been wreaking havoc in berry crops.
The $5 million grant pool, called the Farm to School Purchasing Grants program, was approved by the state Legislature as part of the 2021 to 2023 state budget.
The grant program was authorized by Congress in 2021 and was designed to help custom-exempt and similar processors achieve federal inspection status or the ability to operate under a state's interstate shipment program.
Federal money, via the recently passed infrastructure package and other legislation, will soon be on its way to fund irrigation modernization projects nationwide.
Recent Oregon studies indicate that students who visit farms or meet local producers through farm-to-school educational programs are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
This latest report predicts that the apple crop will weigh in at about 118.26 million 40-pound boxes, about 10 million fewer boxes than the five-year average of 128.3 million boxes.
Experts say the bill could reduce AUMs, or animal unit months, through a land transfer between the federal government and City of Mitchell.