In today’s Ag News Roundup, Oregon launches its own meat inspection program, a decline in beef production expected by the USDA, why non-native fish don’t work in controlling mosquitos, Japanese beetle discovered in Washington, and farming in Alaska growing with rising temperatures.
Japanese Beetle Discovered in Washington State
The Washington State Department of Agriculture is on heightened alert with the discovery and trapping of a single Japanese beetle. The insect was captured in Richland. The department fears the beetle could be spreading in south-central Washington.
Oregon Launches Meat Inspection Program
The USDA has given the green light to Oregon Department of Agriculture’s new meat inspection program. Oregon is the first state on the west coast to have its own program. It’s hoped this program will help speed the inspection process.
Farming in Alaska Begins to Grow with Rising Temperatures
From the Daily Yonder, farms in Alaska are beginning to take shape as temperatures continue to rise throughout the state and the region. Since 2007, the number of farms in Alaska has increased 44%
USDA Expects Decline in Beef Production
The USDA has raised the projected steer price for the remainder of 2022. The price increases come as U.S. beef cattle producers have reduced herds and production.
Non-native Fish Don’t Effectively Control Mosquitos
According to research done by Oregon State University, releasing non-native fish on private property to help control mosquitos is often ineffective and can be damaging to the environment. The research also warns against releasing would-be mosquito-eating fish into public waterways.