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Ag New Roundup: May 10th 2020

May 10, 2020

Ag News Roundup for May 10, 2020

In today’s Ag News Roundup, help becomes available for producers affected by the pandemic, potato market in Idaho sees a reduction in demand, $19 billion in aid set aside for farmers and ranchers, cattle prices affected by COVID-19, and how to locate and trap Asian giant hornets to protect honeybees.

Help Available for Producers Affected by Pandemic

The Washington State Farm Bureau has expanded its online coronavirus resources for Washington producers. The resources are aimed at answering reoccurring questions, including farmworker safety.

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Idaho Potato Market Affected by Pandemic

The Capital Press has reported that a steep reduction in demand from restaurants and other food markets has forced some growers to dump their surplus. The story highlights the strength of the potato market before the pandemic and how COVID-19 has caused a lack in demand and prices.

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USDA Announces $19 Billion in Federal Aid for Farmers and Ranchers

According to the East Oregonian, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which is part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by Congress is set to include $19 billion in help for farmers and rancher across the U.S. The funds are aimed at helping farmers and ranchers dealing with plunging prices.

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Cattle Markets Affected by COVD-19

While retailers are working to stock their meat departments, cash cattle prices continued to decline and boxed beef prices spiked in late April, according to Ag Web.

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WSDA Focuses on Trapping Asian Giant Hornets

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is enlisting the help of beekeepers and the public in locating and trapping Asian giant hornet colonies before the invasive species devastates honeybee colonies this summer. The agency has listed eight things to know before trapping them yourself.

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