Ag News Roundup for February 9, 2020
In today’s Ag News Roundup, WOTUS replacement get farmer support, USMCA to boost industry, wolf-free zones coming to Idaho, group teaches sustainable ag, and Northwest dairy industry to get recognized for safety.
WOTUS Replacement Rule Well-received by Farm Interests
Several farm industry groups opposed many of the original Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rules but now applaud the WOTUS-replacement bill. The new bill is set to ensure stock ponds, ditches, prior converted cropland, and groundwater will no longer be under federal jurisdiction.
Farmers Welcome USMCA
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was created and passed with much bipartisan support, is expected to result in a $65 billion increase in GDP (gross domestic product).
Wolf-free Zones Being Discussed
Elected leaders in Idaho are working to create wolf-free zones in their state. Legislation would allow for year-round hunting of wolves in specific areas.
Group Offers Sustainable Ag Training for Latinos
Adelante Mujeres, a nonprofit organization in Forest Grove, Oregon is teaching regenerative farming. The organization received a sustainable agriculture program grant and is working to help minority farmers start their own business and how to care for the land.
Northwest Dairy Industry to Receive Safety Honor
The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) has announced that the Washington state Dairy Association will be honored in March for its efforts in safety training, education, research, and collaboration.