Updated 1 day, 23 hours ago
Salt Lake City company buys Easterday companies’ land

KENNEWICK — A federal bankruptcy court judge approved a $209 million bid from Salt Lake City-based Farmland Reserve to purchase roughly 18,000 acres from bankrupt Easterday Farms and Easterday Ranches.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Ellensburg Rodeo coming Labor Day weekend

ELLENSBURG — The annual Ellensburg Rodeo once again will be Labor Day weekend. One of American’s Top 10 professional rodeos, organizers of this year’s events are hoping to put on an experience similar to past rod...

Updated 2 weeks, 4 days ago
U.S., European legislators call for permanent end to wine tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, along with their counterparts in the European Parliament, have called upon the U.S. and the European Union to resolve their current trade dispute and p...

Updated 1 month ago
Pandemic hit region hardest in leisure, hospitality, government sectors

MOSES LAKE — While 2020 was hard on the economies of counties in central Washington, the seven-county region did better than the state as a whole percentage-wise.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Potato news: Japanese tariffs down; Potato U announced

JAPAN - Frozen fries will now be able to enter Japan tariff free. Japan announced at the beginning of April that it was eliminating the 2.1% tariff on frozen fries from the US, as part of the US-Japan Trade Agree...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Senate confirms USDA deputy secretary; Vilsack names undersecretaries

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a sign the new leadership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking shape, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack congratulated Jewel Bronaugh following her confirmation as deputy USDA...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
WSU grant expands access to hands‑on science experiences

PULLMAN — A new grant at Washington State University will allow undergraduate students from WSU, Eastern Washington University, Lewis-Clark State College, and Gonzaga University to get real-world agricultural res...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
New L&I group to focus on safety of farmworkers

TUMWATER — The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries, L&I, says it is taking a major step to help farmworkers be safe on the job.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Newhouse bill seeks to allow postal service alcohol deliveries

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, has his way, one of the last remaining vestiges of the Prohibition Era could soon be repealed.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
L&I issues temporary COVID-19 rules for farm labor housing

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the State Department of Health in early May issued revised COVID-19 guidelines for farmworkers living in temporary housing.

State officials ask you to check your trees for invasive insects
Are invasive species hiding in your tress? State officials ask you to check trees, lights, outdoor equipment and standing water in your yard for harmful bugs as part of National Tree Check Month in August.
State traps hundreds of Japanese beetles; asks public to help by reporting and trapping
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) caught hundreds of Japanese beetles on the first day of checking the recently placed beetle traps.
State and federal entomologists confirm new Asian giant hornet detection in Snohomish County
Entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have confirmed the first report of an Asian giant hornet for 2021.