Updated 2 weeks ago
Nutrien Ag Solutions acquires novel biocontrol technology

LOVELAND, Colo. — In a move to expand its portfolio of sustainable crop protection solutions, Nutrien Ag Solutions announced the acquisition of several patented biocontrol technologies from Suncor Energy’s AgroScie…

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
‘A step back in time’: Washington’s oldest rodeo is June 7-9

BICKLETON — Out in the wheat country of eastern Klickitat County, time sort of stands still. The little town of Bickleton, population 92 at the last census, is…

Updated 5 months ago
WSU offers $15.7 million in wage increases for academic student employees

PULLMAN — Academic student employees on assistantships would see an average wage increase of at least 20% under the latest proposal offered by Washington State University as labor negotiations continued ahead of a …

Updated 5 months ago
Basin Business Journal commodity report as of Feb. 16, 2024

Traded Commodities Corn (bushel) $4.1650 Wheat (bushel) $5.6050 Oats (bushel) $3.8325 Soybeans (bushel) $11.7225

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
WAEF marks 30 years

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Education Federation celebrated its 30th birthday this month, according to an announcement from the organization. The anniversary commemorates three decades of shaping the future…

Updated 6 months ago
State paying out $40M-plus to families after price-fixing lawsuit

OLYMPIA — Thousands of Washington households will receive a little extra money, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced in a Dec. 6 press conference. The payouts are the result of price-fixing lawsuits b…

Updated 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Basin Business Journal commodity report for Nov. 22, 2023

Commodity prices in the Basin

Updated 9 months ago
Chemical processor fined nearly $480,000 for exposing workers to toxic gases

TUMWATER — A manufacturing company in Moses Lake that works with dangerous chemicals is facing nearly $480,000 in fines for safety violations, according to a statement from the Washington State Department of Labor …

Updated 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Energy Dept. awards Washington $23.4 million for electric infrastructure

OLYMPIA — On Sept. 5, Washington state received a $23.4 million Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to modernize the electric grid and reduce impacts due to extre…

Updated 11 months ago
Yakima orchards pay back wages to improperly paid workers

TUMWATER — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced July 12 that the owners of two Yakima orchards have paid $500,000 in back wages and interest to more than 400 workers. “Farmworkers do…

Tri-Cities residents asked to report Japanese beetle sightings
WSDA found five beetles last year in Pasco, but 38 beetles have already been caught in the area this summer.
WSDA awards $1.5 million in grants to strengthen Washington state’s local food system
WSDA has awarded $1.5 million in Local Food System Infrastructure Grants to support local food system infrastructure, supply chains, and market access for farms, food processors, food distributors and meat processors. WSDA funded a total of 40 projects that strengthen linkages along the regional food supply chain, encourage collaboration, and create new market opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food businesses entrepreneurs.
WSDA to gain authority to accredit cannabis laboratories starting July 1, 2024
Starting July 1, 2024, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will have the regulatory authority to accredit cannabis laboratories.
WSDA Awards Farm to School Purchasing Grants
WSDA has offered $350,000 in Farm to School Purchasing grants to 24 applicants for the grant period July 2024 – June 2025.
WSDA plans ‘Golden Trap Ceremony’ to celebrate 50 years protecting Washington from spongy moth
Seasonal trappers are starting to disperse throughout the state to set traps as part of the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) annual hunt for invasive species.