Washington's First Japanese Beetles and Reactions to India's Trade Announcement
**The first Japanese beetles of 2023 have been detected in Washington state.
The State Department of Agriculture reports the Japanese beetle trappers were out checking traps last week and discovered the first beetles in a trap near Grandview High School.
WSDA says successfully eradicating the Japanese beetle from Washington is going to take several years, but by working together, we can protect the state from this invasive pest and #BeatTheBeetle.
**Ag producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their local USDA office before the deadline, which for many is July 17.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency also reminds producers with login access to www.farmers.gov of several features that can expedite acreage reporting.
Producers can contact their FSA county office for acreage reporting deadlines specific to their county.
**Farmers for Free Trade issued a statement responding to the resolution of a number of trade disputes between India and the U.S.
Executive Director Brian Kuehl (KEEL) says, while there has long been frustration over unnecessary barriers to the Indian market, this announcement is a positive step forward.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says, producers will now be able to increase sales of apples, chickpeas, lentils, almonds, and walnuts to one of America’s top trading partners.