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- WSDA expands apple maggot quarantine into Methow Valley October 11, 2018WSDA is expanding the state`s apple maggot quarantine into parts of Okanogan County, in an effort to slow the spread of this invasive pest and protect commercial apple production.
- WSDA trappers start annual hunt for pests May 31, 2018WSDA has begun its annual hunt for pests that threaten the state`s agriculture industry. Trappers are hitting the road to set traps throughout the state to monitor for the introduction or spread of a variety of invasive pests, including gypsy moths, apple maggot and Japanese beetle.
- Season to treat invasive Spartina starts in June May 16, 2018The 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, 2018The 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, 2018OLYMPIA -- 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.