In today’s Ag News Roundup, Oregon proposes new wolf management rules, farmers celebrated, super oysters created, USDA plans to relocate, and U.S. meat exports beat last year’s earnings.
Oregon Proposing to Craft New Rules for Wolf Management
Both rancher and conservation groups may be working together to help form new guidelines for managing wolfs that repeatedly pray on livestock. Those involved include the Oregon Cattleman’s Association, Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Hunters Association, along with several other groups.
National Farmers Day Celebrated
October 12, was National Farmer’s Day. The day was set aside as a tribute to all farmers, ranchers, and those in the agriculture industry. In a survey by the Undeniably Dairy group, 51-percent of Americans would be interested in moving to a farm.
Super Oysters May Outlive Possible Environmental Shifts
According to the Washington State Farm Bureau, marine biologists have bred new varieties of oysters that can handle significant changes in water temperature and acidic levels. The bureau has termed them super oysters.
USDA Relocates Amid Criticism
The USDA is planning to relocate outside Washington D.C. The move is drawing criticism from farm groups as well a former USDA officials. While the new location has not been selected, the move is scheduled for some time in 2019.
U.S. Meat Exports Top Old Records
In a statement from the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports were up in August, topping $750 million for the first time. In all, the month’s beef exports totaled 119,800 metric tons, which is up 7-percent from a year ago.