EU Bans Northwest Poultry, Potato Conference & Ag Affecting Legislation
I'm Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.
The European Union has now joined the list of nations putting restrictions or bans on poultry products from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. To date avian influenza has been detected in three backyard poultry flocks in Washington, one in Idaho and one in Oregon since late December. Quarantines have been put in place around the infected areas and the birds have been euthanized. No commercial flocks have been affected by the virus.
The 2015 Washington Oregon Potato Conference and Trade Show begins tomorrow at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. A few of the topics to be covered during general sessions include soil fumigation practices, the future of potato breeding, and an update on the latest politics and policies from D.C.. For a complete schedule or more information visit www.potatoconference.com.
We now have the first two weeks of the state legislative session under our belt. Taxes, water and wolves are some of the top issues for agriculture. Washington Farm Bureau's Tom Davis has this update.
DAVIS: A couple of wolf bills have been introduced that we think are of great interest. There's some discussion going on now through legislation that would look at delisting in areas where you've already reached your management level that you're seeking, and that in this case would be in the eastern 1/3 where they already have enough wolves that they think would justify delisting for that one area of the state alone, which would then free up some different management tools that don't currently exist.
Davis will be back tomorrow to discuss tax and water legislation that affects agriculture.
That's Washington Ag Today.
I'm Lacy Gray with the Ag Information Network of the West.