Wolf Populations & Ports Slow Recovery

Wolf Populations & Ports Slow Recovery

Wolf Populations & Ports Slow Recovery. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

It's been some time now since the port workers came to an agreement but it is taking time to get the backlog of containers moved in and out. There's likely to be long term losses for agriculture according to Robert Guenther with United Fresh Produce Association who says the number is nearly $2-Billion dollars.

GUENTHER: I know in the fruit and vegetable world we are seeing losses in customer confidence in the ability to export because of what happened.

He says that he does believe a trade agreement like TPP would have a positive affect on ag trade.

Anyone in Washington State knows there has always been a line in the sand when it comes to ag and environmental issues. It's called the Cascade Mountains and people on either side just can't seem to see eye to eye on a lot of topics especially things like wolf populations. The west is interested in seeing the populations protected and allowed to grow while ranchers on the east side of the range see way too many attacks on livestock. Most of the wolf populations are established on the east side and while wildlife officials believe some wolves have become established on the west side, there's no proof. A survey of wolves in the state was released earlier this month and shows that the number of wolves grew by more than 30 percent last year.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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