The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a tentative proposal regarding brucellosis that, if enacted, could drastically change the way the disease is managed in the U.S. The proposal is actually a revised version of a plan that was first released last fall,
The Defenders of Wildlife, Earth Justice, and several other conservation groups have filed to have gray wolves in Idaho and Montana relisted for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. This comes in the wake of the May 4 federal decision to remove protection for wolves in those two states.
In the arid farming country of eastern Washington, crop choices are often said to be limited to wheat, more wheat, or CRP. But Washington State University (WSU) researchers and cooperators are seeking USDA funding to continue a study that may provide area farmers with more options.
Two weevil varieties can give growers double headaches
Alfalfa growers in the central part of Nebraska should keep in mind that they may see two different varieties of weevils in their crop, said University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Butler County Extension Educator Mike Rethwisch.
The eastern strain usually invades the crop in time for the first cutting, Rethwisch said. The western strain, prevalent in the western two-thirds of Nebraska, peaks one to three weeks later. So growers may treat for one strain, then may have to treat again for the other.
To check for weevils, Rethwisch advised producers to use a sweep net. They