This week, livestock organizations in the northwest United States joined together to send a formal letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking the federal organization to not proceed with a plan to introduce an experimental population of grizzly bears to the North Cascade ecosystem.
The Idaho Preferred program has released special Holiday Gift Boxes for consumers to buy. The boxes feature specially picked products that all come from Idaho, helping support and promote local producers. This year offers two different gift box collections, featuring contributions from over 25 Idaho businesses.
The USDA's most recent crop production report has been released for the Pacific Northwest, covering corn for grain, sugarbeets, and potatoes. All three crops have forecasts of production increases across the board over last year's numbers.
WSDA Pest Program Manager Sven Spichiger says the community is the solution to eradicating the beetle, and that working together is necessary. Reports suggest WSDA is making progress with approximately half of the proposed treatment areas allowing them to treat properties for the beetle.