A male wolf walks away after being sedated and fitted with a radio collar in Pend Oreille County, Wash. Ranchers from Washington and Idaho will discuss cross-border issues such as predators at their upcoming conference in Lewiston, Idaho.

Idaho and Washington ranchers will talk about the issues they face that cross state lines during their summer meeting.

The 2019 Summer Roundup is June 23-25 in Lewiston, Idaho. The event is sponsored by the Idaho Cattle Association, Washington Cattlemen's Association and Washington Cattle Feeders Association.

Hot topics include wildlife and predator issues, said Cameron Mulrony, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association.

"There's some differences between Idaho and Washington — people are going to be interested in how our neighbors are handling their wildlife and predator issues, and also, some of our wildlife and predators are headed their direction," Mulrony said.

Efforts to remove wolves from the list of  endangered species nationally are in the comment phase. Wolves are already delisted in Idaho. In Washington, wolves are federally listed as an endangered species in the western two-thirds of the state and endangered under state law in the eastern third.

Many ranchers run cattle or operate in both states, Mulrony said. He expects discussions about how the two states can better work together on traceability and brands.

The agenda also includes impacts of the Farm Bill and ongoing conversations about "fake meat," lab-grown meat or vegetable-based protein that promote themselves as hamburgers, Mulrony said.

"We want to make sure if it's titled beef, meat or a hamburger, it is naturally derived from a cow," he said. "The other markets in a free marketplace, if there's a desire for it, that's their prerogative. But we want to protect the name and quality of the product we've developed in the beef industry."

Mulrony expects 150 to 200 people to attend the conference. Registration is closed for an all-day jet boat tour that kicks off the first day of the meeting.

The rancher organizations work to protect and preserve the cattle industry, communicating with state and federal legislators, Mulrony said.

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