Scott Warns of Inheritance Tax and First 2021 Asian Giant Hornet Found
**House Ag Committee Chair David Scott says he supports the historic nature of the American Jobs Plan and American Family Plan, but emphasizes the need to protect farmers, ranchers, and small businesses from financial burden.
Scott tells the www.gfb.org he applauds the programs as admirable, but the brunt of paying for them cannot be borne by the next generation of farmers.
He says any increase in inheritance tax for those taking over farmland is untenable and will further strain a farm economy that’s just now beginning to recover from the strain of the pandemic.
**Entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture have confirmed the first Asian giant hornet discovery of 2021, found two counties south of the only previous U.S. specimens.
The deceased, dried out male hornet was confirmed on June 11th. USDA Entomologists say it appears to be a different variety than any previously discovered in Washington or British Columbia.
**It appears that environmentally focused sustainability efforts continue to evolve for produce operators, as reduction in plastics and recyclability in packaging have grown in importance over the past five years, and the urgency to counteract climate change has also increased.
In a recent survey by www.thepacker.con, respondents said their commitment to the work for the environment hasn’t changed, but the FOCUS has shifted for some of their efforts.