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  • Central Washington State Fair in Yakima offers plenty of fun, food and entertainment

    The Central Washington State Fair in Yakima is the original State Fair of Washington. Started in 1892 the Fair has become the ultimate showcase for the agriculture products raised in Central Washington. It has also become the single largest family... Read More

  • Microsoft, Second Harvest Food Bank comes to Quincy

    QUINCY — Volunteers repackaged and distributed about 11,600 pounds of food to families in Quincy June 20, the latest stop in a monthly food distribution co-sponsored by Second Harvest in Spokane and the Microsoft data center in Quincy. Other eastern... Read More

  • Sarah Wilson Miss Rodeo Othello

    Sarah Wilson is the 17-year-old daughter of Jay and Ellen Wilson. As a senior at Othello High School, Sarah is a member of the Drama Club, Othello High School Marching Band, Washington State High School Equestrian Team and FFA. Sarah... Read More

  • Looking outside the barrel

    ROYAL SLOPE — They say wine only gets better with age. And to produce quality wine also requires time, patience, and a unwaivering dedication to learning and growing; a process which Josh and Lisa Lawrence have come to know well... Read More

  • Group sees reform, accountability in farm checkoff programs

    MOSES LAKE — A number of U.S. farm groups are backing an effort to reform federal crop promotion and research programs — also called checkoff programs — as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. According to Joe Maxwell, executive director... Read More

  • Burress enjoys big day at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Steer wrestler Tee Burress loves to rodeo and the PRCA’s circuit system is a perfect fit for him. The Piedmont, S.D., cowboy’s main source of income is working with his father, Marty, in the construction business... Read More

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  • Season to treat invasive Spartina starts in June May 16, 2018
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will begin this year`s treatment season for Spartina on June 1 with the treatments continuing through November. Survey and eradication efforts of the aggressive, noxious weed will take place in multiple areas, including Grays Harbor, Hood Canal, Willapa Bay, Puget Sound, the north and west sides of the […]
  • Gypsy moth treatments begin in Kitsap and Pierce counties May 3, 2018
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will conduct the first of three treatments to eradicate European gypsy moths next week. In total, WSDA will treat about 1,300 acres with Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), which is approved for use on organic food crops and has been safely used in previous gypsy moth eradication projects […]
  • Businesses will need new license endorsement to produce marijuana-infused edibles March 20, 2018
    OLYMPIA -- As of April 1, statutory authority to regulate the makers of marijuana edibles will be added to the administrative responsibilities of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), a move that will require these businesses to apply for a special endorsement on their business licenses.
  • Public invited to review gypsy moth environmental documents March 7, 2018
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is now accepting public comments on a proposed plan to eradicate gypsy moths at two sites in Western Washington totaling 1,300 acres.
  • WSDA prepared to enforce Brassica seed regulations February 26, 2018
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is prepared to pursue legal action against Brassica seed growers who do not coordinate their growing locations with other growers. This has become an ongoing problem, especially in northwestern Washington counties, and is placing commercial seed growers at risk of cross-pollination, potentially reducing the value of their crops.