Oregon agricultural producers and researchers have been awarded 11 grants totaling $268,469 from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, administered through Utah State University.

Locally, Richard Shuren of GreenWood Resources in Clatskanie will apply a $7,053 Farmer/rancher grant to produce wool and wood from the same land. He anticipates that this will integrate nutrient cycling and safeguard soil and water quality compared with open pastures.

Sheep producers Mac Stewart and Margaret Magruder of Clatskanie will use their $14,990 grant to test whether pumpkin and squash seeds fed to sheep can help prevent costly parasites in the animals, as shown in studies in Russia, China and New Zealand.

For more information about the grants and the granting program, visit http://wsare.usu.edu

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