Oregon Wolf Plan & Studying Potato Pests
Wolf populations in Oregon have recovered dramatically, even beyond the goals of the Wolf Conservation & Management Plan. Anne Marie Moss with Oregon Farm Bureau says that OFB and the Oregon Cattleman's Association are urging passage of the wolf delisting bill.
MOSS: The bill, which is HB 4040A will not alter the current conservation requirements laid out in the wolf plan, the population will continue to grow but it's time for the delisting to happen because it's a thriving population and that was the plan that everyone agreed upon and actually last fall the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to delist it so at this point the Oregon legislature needs to do its job and proceed with the delisting of the gray wolf from the state endangered species act.
Also out of Oregon, an OSU researcher is part of an international team studying a tiny worm that's causing big trouble in fields of potatoes. Dee Denver, a genomicist in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, is working with scientists from Idaho, New York, Canada, France and Scotland on a five-year, $3.2 million project taking aim at potato cyst nematodes—microscopic parasites that burrow into roots of potato plants and suck out essential nutrients reducing yields by up to 80 percent.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.