The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will soon treat a localized gypsy moth infestation in Caswell, Currituck and Rockingham counties in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation Inc. The treatments are anticipated to take place between June 4 and 14, depending on weather conditions and insect development.
Last summer and fall, field monitoring activities at these three locations showed that a reproducing population of the highly destructive gypsy moth exists and represents a threat to deciduous forests in three locations. Gypsy moths feed on the leaves of more than 300 different species of trees and shrubs, predominantly hardwoods.
Dairy Provisions Passed Out of Ag Committees Key for Final 2013 Farm Bill
At this point – the National Milk Producers Federation is happy with the dairy provisions in the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. NMPF First Vice Chairman Ken Nobis says these provisions are what the dairy industry needs…
“We know we need to change because we are in a global dairy economy. The current provisions we’re working with were constructed back in the 1940s when we weren’t working with any dairy to speak of, and now 13% of our production is exported.”
Nobis says NMPF that is why dairy producers have been so interested in changing the dynamics and parameters of the farm bill’s dairy provisions.
GMO Wheat Discovered
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined test samples from an Oregon farm to be a type of genetically-altered wheat with glyphosate resistance – even though no genetically engineered wheat varieties have been cleared for sale in the country.
From 1998 to 2005 – USDA allowed this variety to be tested in 16 states under strict controls – and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Acting Deputy Administrator for Biotechnology Regulatory Services Dr. Michael Firko says they have studied the glyphosate-resistant trait in several crops and they have no safety concerns.
The big question is how this genetically engineered crop got into a regular wheat field – according to USDA APHIS Investigative and Enforcement Services Deputy Director Bernadette Juarez – and how widespread it is…
“We have a team of dedicated investigators working on the ground daily to collect all the information and evidence that is available for us to figure out what is going on. We will use the full scope of our authority to protect American agriculture.”
APHIS currently has nine investigators going through the area.