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Newberg earns spot on list of STEM cities; NRCS encourages farmer to 'keep the stubble'

Newberg named top STEM city

According to a list released by the company Insurify, Newberg is the top STEM city in Oregon and among the 50 best in the country at supporting science, technology, engineering and math in its community.

The company "analyzed communities in each state for the strength of STEM within their schools and workforces, as well as to the rate of diversity in STEM professionals," it said in a press release. The top cities were picked using an algorithm formulated by the company, which is an insurance comparison platform.

"In a year such as this one when advancements in science, technology and medicine are paramount to our health and security, we are honored to show our support for these exemplary communities," said Snejina Zacharia, CEO of Insurify. "This award goes to one city in every state whose residents and institutions are at the forefront of innovation and education in STEM."

For a full list of the 2020 Top STEM City Award winners, visit https://bit.ly/3jVe3E2.

'Keep the stubble' and encourage soil health

Like a bachelor refusing to shave, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging area farmers to maintain the stubble on their harvested fields in order to improve soil health during "No-Till November."

"No-till farming is a cornerstone soil health conservation practice, which also promotes water quality while saving farmers time and money," said Jason Jeans, acting state conservationist for NRCS Oregon. "One of the first soil health principles is 'do not disturb.' This campaign is a fun way to remind farmers about the important relationship between tillage and soil health." The practice also improves soil biological activity, which in turn provides erosion control and adds nutrients, the organization said in a release.

First launched in 2017, the project is patterned after the national cancer awareness campaign "No Shave November" that encourages people not to shave during the entire month.

"The NRCS campaign encourages farmers to keep tillage equipment in their machine sheds this fall and keep the crop stubble on their fields," the NRCS said, adding that the campaign has reached more than 1.5 million people through Twitter and local media in the three years since its inception.

For more information on the campaign and soil health, visit https://bit.ly/3l8QWaF.


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