Battling back against stink bugs

Agriculture

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

600-million dollars. That’s the latest dollar figure assigned to the damage to Texas agriculture caused by February’s deadly Arctic blast. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports a large number of farmers and ranchers were seriously affected by the winter storm, with freezing temperatures and ice killing many crops and livestock. It estimates at least 230-million in losses to the citrus crop. 228-million to livestock and 150-million to vegetables.

It will now be up to the full Senate to confirm President Biden’s pick to be America’s top trade negotiator. The Senate Finance Committee approving Katherine Tai’s nomination for U.S. Trade Representative. She has promised to work closely with U.S. allies to counter an increasingly assertive China.

It’s that time of year when pesky insects like this one are getting active. We’re talking about stink bugs. The winged invaders from Asia are spreading…and they are expected to continue to do just that. But U-S-D-A’s Agricultural Research Service is getting the word out about these bugs… saying there are steps people can take to protect their homes and farms from them. Stink bugs have so far been found in 38-states.

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