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Judge fines company for fraudulent business letters

SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court ordered two companies and their owners on Nov. 1 to pay $24.8 million in penalties after sending over 230,000 deceptive letters to small business owners in violation of the ...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
AWB honors exceptional Washington employers

TACOMA — The Association of Washington Business presented its top awards to 13 employers Thursday at the annual Evening of Excellence during a gala ceremony at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. “It is our ...

Updated 3 months ago
Self-pollinating plant shows rapid loss of genetic variation

PULLMAN — Without bumble bees, a flowering plant that can self‑pollinate lost substantial genetic variation within only nine generations, an experimental study found. A group of “selfing” monkeyflower plants los...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
WineVit conference set for February

CASHMERE — The WineVit 2023 conference will be held Feb. 6-9 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, according to a press release from the Washington Winegrowers Association. The annual three-day eve...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
State of the spuds: Potato harvest looking up

COLUMBIA BASIN — The state of the taters is, well, pretty darn good this year. “The potato harvest is definitely a lighter crop than what we’re historically used to,” said Dale Lathim, executive director of Pota...

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Ag officials warn against rabbit virus

OLYMPIA — Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture have confirmed the presence in the state of yet another highly infectious animal disease with the discovery of two cases of rabbit hemorrhag...

Updated 5 months ago
‘What cherry harvest?’ Growers report drastic drop in yield

ROYAL CITY — There are short and long crops in the tree fruit business, good and bad years, and then there are those years, those harvests, the ones few growers – if any – remember fondly. The 2022 Pacific Northw...

Updated 6 months, 1 week ago
State regulators charge PacifiCorp with failure to plan

LACEY — The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the body that regulates the state’s utilities, has filed a complaint against Oregon-based utility PacifiCorp for failing to consider the social cost...

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Washington company develops special shoes for people with diabetes

REDMOND — A Washington-based maker of remote sensors for health care has teamed up with a Florida-based maker of protective footwear for people with diabetes to create shoes that can monitor diabetic ulcers and h...

Updated 6 months, 4 weeks ago
USDA to offer shipping container assistance for agricultural export

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in late May that the Farm Service Agency is accepting applications from interested agricultural producers and

Japanese beetle quarantine boundaries expanded by emergency rule
2022-12-20
On December 15, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) filed an emergency rule to expand the boundaries of the internal quarantine of Japanese beetle. The internal quarantine is part of a three-pronged effort to eradicate the invasive pest in Washington state.
Public advisory – WSDA says check your trees, wreathes for elongate hemlock scale
2022-12-16
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) plant protection officials are asking Washington residents to check their trees, wreathes and other purchased winter greenery for invasive species.
Bird flu infects first commercial flock in Washington
2022-12-14
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) struck a large commercial flock last week in Washington state.
Pest trapping season wraps up; first year with no northern giant hornets detected since 2019
2022-12-07
For the first time since the northern giant hornet (Vespa mandarina) was initially detected in the state, the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) Pest Program did not trap or confirm any sightings of the hornets in Washington this year.
WSDA vets confirm equine infectious anemia in two Yakima County horses
2022-10-21
WSDA animal health officials have confirmed equine infectious anemia (EIA) in two Washington horses this week.