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For honey bees, 2023 is potentially a bad year

A massively destructive hurricane in Florida last year, a very stormy winter in California, and higher than average colony losses mean that 2023 is positioned to be a bad year for honey bees. “I talked with a ...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
WSU Institute for Northwest Energy Futures receives state funding

RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington’s clean energy future became a little brighter when members of the Washington State House and Senate approved Gov. Jay Inslee’s funding proposal for the Washington State University Tr...

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Basin Business Journal commodity report for May 2023

Here's how agricultural commodity prices have changed in the last month:

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Basin Business Journal commodity report

Here's how agricultural commodity prices have changed in the last month:

Updated 2 months ago
Basin Business Journal commodity report

Here's how agricultural commodity prices have changed in the last month:

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Rukke named acting pipeline safety director

LACEY, Wash. — The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission has named Scott Rukke acting director of the commission’s pipeline safety division, according to a commission press release. Rukke, w...

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
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 5 months, 3 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 7 months, 1 week 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 7 months, 2 weeks 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...

State continues quest to eradicate invasive Spartina
This year’s treatment season for Spartina, an aggressive invasive weed, starts June 1 and will continue through November. ​ Survey and eradication efforts, led by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), will take place in multiple areas, including Grays Harbor, Hood Canal, Willapa Bay, Puget Sound, the north and west sides of the Olympic Peninsula and near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Pesticide drift advisory
WSDA is reminding pesticide applicators of their responsibility to ensure pesticides do not drift off-target and is offering suggestions on how to reduce the risk.
Invasive pest trapping season resumes
WSDA is beginning its annual search for pests that could threaten the state’s environment and agricultural industry. Staff will set thousands of traps statewide to monitor for the introduction or spread of more than 130 invasive pests and diseases, including spongy moth, Japanese beetle, apple maggot and northern giant hornet.
State begins Japanese beetle treatment in Wapato, open house May 15
With a Memorandum of Understanding to work with The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation Wildlife Resource Management Program (Yakama Nation), WSDA officials plan to begin treatment this week on city properties.
Yard debris quarantine vital to Japanese beetle eradication, state officials say
Residents in the Japanese beetle quarantine area are reminded not to move plant material out of the quarantine zone and that treatments for the pest start April 10.