In today’s Ag News Roundup, Washington State University researchers find way to save honey bees, ecosystems may be destabilizing, ranchers given permission to kill wolves, large Oregon dairy ordered to allow auction of its livestock, and coastal martens face extinction.
WSU Researchers Working to Save Honey Bees
Washington State University researchers have developed a new microscopic particle that can attract pesticide residue in bees. The findings could help save colony collapse after bees come into contact with pesticide residue in pollen. The particle can be added into a sugar solution and fed to whole bee colonies.
West Coast Ecosystems Destabilizing
Oregon State University researchers have found that extreme climate changes over the last century have destabilized west coast ecosystems. The findings have been published in the journal Global Change Biology. The report cites extreme events, such as droughts and heatwaves.
Ranchers Given Permission to Kill Wolves
Due to repeated livestock attacks in Wallowa County, one cattle rancher’s request to kill wolves has been granted. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued the permit that will remove two wolves from the pack. Additionally, the ODFW will kill two wolves.
Oregon Dairy Ordered to Cooperate with Auction
Lost Valley Farm, located in Boardman, Oregon has been ordered by a judge to allow the liquidation of its cattle to satisfy creditors. The auction, which will take place April 27, 2018, will include 10,500 cows and 4,000 heifers.
Small Forest Predator at Risk of Extinction
The rare coastal marten, that looks like a cross between a fox and a mink, could become extinct in the next 30 years. The study, conducted by Oregon State University graduate who now works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Katie Moriarty, states the species faces extinction due to trapping and other human activity.