Wild Horse Update & Name Change

Wild Horse Update & Name Change

Wild Horse Update & Name Change. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

We recently reported on more than 100 horses that had been gathered as a part of the Soda Fire and relocated by the BLM. Veterinarians have treated and they've been fed. Some horses bear the scars of the fire but have responded to treatment. The BLM has so far moved 133 horses but reports there are another 150 or so horses to be gathered and moved from several Wild Horse Herd Management areas in Owyhee County.

The Dry Pea and Lentil Commission want to change their name to the more inclusive title of the Washington Pulse Crops Commission. Mike Louisell with the Washington State Department of Agriculture talks about why the push for the name change.

LOUISELL: The growers are looking at a petition to change the name. Now in order to do that they have to have a public rule making hearing. The leaders of the Dry Pea and Lentil Commission have petitioned the Washington State Department of Agriculture to hold a public hearing on this to see if growers would like to have the name of their commission changed.

The reason is that lentils, dry peas and garbanzo beans are collectively known as "pulse crops" and the industry wants the consuming public to know that name and producers would like consumers to be more aware of the nutritional advantages of pulse crops packed with protein and fiber.

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

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