Trump signs order to simplify GMO regulation

President Trump has signed an executive order intended to simplify the regulatory process for genetically engineered agriculture.

The order, signed Tuesday in Iowa, comes as companies are turning to newer genetic engineering techniques that make it easier to tinker with the traits of plants and animals.

Federal agencies didn't immediately have details on the executive order. But the White House said in a statement that the order is intended to help eliminate delays and reduce costs for producers.

Locusts plague farmers in Sardinia

ROME (AP) — An unusually large swarm of local locusts, estimated in the millions, is plaguing farmers raising sheep and other livestock in Sardinia.

The Italian farmers' lobby Coldiretti says it has asked for government help, even though it's likely too late to save the hay crop and grassland that livestock needs. Farmers have been trucking in hay from other parts of the Italian Mediterranean island, raising costs.

A locust expert, Alexandre Latchininsky, said Monday that if the insects devour all the fodder, there's a risk they could attack other crops, such as grape vines, on Sardinia. 

Idaho Cattle Association to co-host convention in Lewiston

LEWISTON — The Idaho Cattle Association welcomes Washington Cattlemen’s Association as co-hosts for the 2019 Summer Round Up convention in Lewiston from June 23 through June 25 at the Red Lion.

Summer Round Up is an annual event that cattlemen and women look forward to attending each and every year. The three-day event will kick off with an all-day jet boat tour of area rivers. Day one will come to an end at Granite Lake Park where a tri-tip dinner will be served, sponsored by Agri Beef and Performix.

Day two and the morning of day three will be filled with an abundance of educational sessions any industry member including discussions about soil health, interstate cattle movement, cattle markets, wildlife and predator issues, public land grazing, and much more.

The convention will come to an end on Tuesday afternoon, following morning meetings, with a rangeland tour of both private and public ground. At the same time, the JR Simplot Memorial Golf Tournament will kick off at the Lewiston Country Club. 

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