Anti-Farmer Campaign & Meadowscaping

Anti-Farmer Campaign & Meadowscaping

Anti-Farmer Campaign & Meadowscaping. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

Rep. Dan Newhouse from Washington and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas held a press conference yesterday to discuss their response to the EPA's funding of the website and its advocacy campaign in Washington State for greater regulation of farmers and ranchers.

NEWHOUSE: There's a lot of farmers who have seen the ads, the billboards, the website, who have been working very hard with our state and federal agencies to improve the environment they work in spending and investing tremendous amounts of money, I think clearly felt betrayed. The loss of trust that we talked about in the agency is real and I think that that's the kind of damage that's going to take a long time come back from.

A new book being published in Multnomah County is designed as a "how-to" publication to help gardeners, landscape professionals and ecologists in the Willamette Valley plan, design, plant and maintain native plant meadows on small urban plots. The book is called The Meadowscaping Handbook: Designing, Planting and Managing an Urban Meadow. Meadowscaping is the practice of designing, planting and managing an urban meadow to provide ecological functions and benefits such as pollinator habitat and stormwater improvements. You can download a free copy of the book from the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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