• Irons in the Fire: Family is the most important crop to Ephrata Farmer

    EPHRATA — Farming is much more than just a passion to Jeff Cobb. It is his life’s work. “Every day is different,” Jeff said. Which, is ultimately why he continues to love farming he explained.  Having grown up on a... Read More

  • Visker’s Family Honored 2017 Grant County Hay King

    When you’ve been farming as long as the Visker’s have you pick up a few valuable tidbits along the way. And their expertise has paid off well as Haywire Farms Inc. was named 2017 Grant County Hay King.  “It’s a pretty... Read More

  • Quincy Farm Family of the Year – Jim Buys’ Family

    QUINCY – Making something out of nothing is the typical plight for most farmers. It was no different for Jim and Minnie Buys who bought a modest parcel of land 50 years ago off of what is now Adams and... Read More

  • Dan Reynolds – Born and Raised

    Although years have passed since Dan Reynolds was first exposed to the dairy business as a child, one thing has always remained constant: his dedication to what he does. Reynolds, owner and caretaker of Monument Farms in Quincy, Washington, is... Read More

  • New Season Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimate

    Category: Crops

    PORTLAND, Ore. (June 8, 2017) – At the June 1st annual Pear Bureau Northwest meeting, Northwest pear growers compiled the first official 2017-18 fresh pear crop estimate for Washington and Oregon. Pear growers and producers from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima... Read More

  • 4th Annual Ag World Golf Classic Raises Over $73,000

    Hosted by Simplot, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, Potato Growers of Washington, and Ag World Support Systems Area agriculture producers, processors and industry businesses rose to the challenge and set a new event record by raising over $73,000 to benefit the... Read More

  • 2017 Lind Combine Derby Results

    Best Decorated Combine 1st: Tyran Doyle - Lind, WA 2nd: Eric Labes - Lind, WA 3rd: Palmer Phillips - Lind, WA 4th: Jim Oswald - Spokane, WA Heat #1 Combines Tie: Caleb Hannas Palmer Phillips Ryan Kulm - Pasco Heat... Read More

  • Othello FFA Students Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

    FFA Officers from left are Vice President Mykiah Hollenbeck, Alyson Shade (interim vice president), Kobie Snyder (interim secretary), Sarah Wilson (interim treasurer), and Cody Carlson (interim reporter).[/caption]Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded by a young group of FArmers in... Read More

  • Leo Garcia Named Apple Citizen of the Year

    Leo Garcia has been named 2017 Apple Citizen of the Year. The Apple Blossom Festival’s Queen Amy Sand and Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson surprised Leo with the award at The Certificate of Completion Graduation for Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Programs... Read More

  • I Hear the Train A Comin’

    It’s been nearly 15 years in the making and 20 years since rail service has operated on the tracks, but the Royal Slope Railroad is finally able to offer a weekly rail service to Othello. “We began work on the... Read More

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  • 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.
  • NE Washington Wolf-Livestock Grant Board awards five grants for wolf-livestock projects February 20, 2018
    OLYMPIA – The Northeast Washington Wolf-Livestock Grant Board has completed their evaluation process of the seven applications received for the Northeast Washington Wolf-Livestock Management Grant.
  • WSDA to hold “Ask the Expert” gypsy moth open houses February 7, 2018
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has scheduled three open houses in communities where it is proposing to conduct gypsy moth eradication treatments later this spring.