In today’s Ag News Roundup, USDA to support pollinator health, non-GM feed could impact greenhouse gas emissions, industry opposes offshore fish farms, potato exports to Mexico to begin mid-May, and advice to control bindweed in your garden.
USDA To Support Pollinator Health
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the USDA announced it will form a national pollinator subcommittee to promote research and understanding of what may be affecting certain bees, including changes in climate, pathogens, and pests.
Researching Non-GM Feed Impact on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Institute for Feed Education and Research has released a report highlighting that greenhouse gas emissions could rise if U.S. food companies require farmers and ranchers to avoid giving livestock and poultry feed made with genetically modified ingredients.
Industry Opposes Industrial Offshore Fish Farms
Fishing industry advocates and others are calling for an end to an executive order to promote seafood competitiveness and economic growth, citing contamination of marine waters. The groups say the process of using massive net pens to grow fish would pollute ocean waters with drugs and other chemicals.
Potato Exports to Mexico to Begin Mid-May
From the Capital Press, fresh potato exports to Mexico are expected to begin no later than May 15. The USDA says the open export applies to all U.S. table-stock and chipping potatoes.
U.S. Rural Populations Bounce Back
From the Daily Yonder, rural counties overall saw an increase in population in 2021 after nearly a decade of steady decline. Some of the increase was due to international migration.
Get Help Controlling Bindweed
Oregon State University Extension Service has tips to help control the invasive plant known as bindweed. These plants, which quickly wrap around and suffocate other plants, have root systems 9-feed deep and can thrive for decades.