Washington Farm Bureau Newswatch
May 24, 2004 No. 53
FARMERS IN THE MOSES COULEE WATERSHED WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP THIS
summer for payments under the new Conservation Security Program, which
is designed to reward for conservation stewardship on working agricultural
THE STATE AGENCY THAT OVERSEES THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT ACT WANTS Kittitas County to reconsider its practice of rezoning forestland to allow for three-acre residential lots. (Ellensburg Daily Record, May 22) In a letter to the county Planning Commission, the senior planner for Growth Management Services with the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development said three-acre lots "are creating unreasonable urban-type development in rural areas."
THE J.R. SIMPLOT CO., THE LARGEST PROVIDER OF FRENCH FRIES TO McDONALD'S restaurants, announced last week that it has developed a way to remove trans-fats, which are believed to be more harmful to the heart than other types of fat. Simplot said its new Infinity Fries have the same taste, aroma and crispness as traditional fries.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ADMITTED FRIDAY THAT IT ALLOWED
Canada to export millions of pounds of processed beef to the United
States, despite a ban imposed last May after a case of bovine spongiform
encephalopathy was discovered in a Canadian herd. (Washington Post,
May 22) The USDA relaxed the ban in September to allow imports of
boneless beef, but the department's Animal and Plant Inspection Service
also began allowing imports of processed
THE NORTHEAST WASHINGTON SMALL FARM ASSOCIATION, WHICH ALREADY helped bring a mobile chicken processing facility to Stevens and Ferry counties, has applied for a $90,000 grant to fund a mobile slaughter and processing facility for large animals. (Capital Press, May 21) A USDA-approved mobile processing facility would allow local ranchers to sell individual cuts of meat to consumers, stores and restaurants. Custom slaughterhouses are currently restricted to selling quarter carcasses or larger.
WASHINGTON POTATO COMMISSION IS RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT A PROPOSAL to stock Crab Creek with salmon. (Capital Press, May 21) Crab Creek, which runs from the Potholes Reservoir into the Columbia River, is used extensively for irrigation and recreation. Stocking the creek with salmon is one proposal in the Grant County PUD's draft application to relicense Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams. But Pat Boss, executive director of the Potato Commission, is concerned that stocking the creek with salmon could lead to restrictions on water usage, buffers, and other land-use regulations.
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