Ag News: New Wasp & BMSB
**A study by an Oregon State University entomologist looks at the soil-nesting wasp, Astata unicolor, that loves dining on brown marmorated stink bugs and could be a potential biological control for BMSB.
According to growingproduce.com, while this information is promising, David Lowenstein warns it’s still too soon to tell how well the wasp could manage BMSB.
Lowenstein says Astata have specialized nesting requirements, which limits where they’ll live. It remains POSSIBLE the wasp could nest in habitat near the crops.
**USDA's Ag Marketing Service has issued a proposed rule requiring some form of disclosure of biotech ingredients on food packaging.
According to Agri-Pulse, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard offers definitions on what’s considered a bioengineered ingredient, suggestions on disclosure of those ingredients, and the scope of exemptions available under the law.
The proposal seeks to satisfy the requirements of 2016 legislation to create a national standard of ingredient disclosure.
**With a trade war looming, commodity prices swooning, and the dairy industry in full-blown crisis, a growing number of American farmers are embracing a controversial set of farm policies to manage commodity production and stabilize crop prices.
As reported in agriculture.com, the policies, known as supply management, governed U.S. agriculture for decades but were abandoned in the late 20th century.
As negotiations for the 2018 farm bill continue, some farm advocacy groups are pushing to make federal supply management policies part of the legislation.