Updated 4 days, 2 hours ago
U.S. Department of Agriculture updates apple crop insurance rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), which oversees the government’s crop insurance programs, is asking for comments from apple growers after announcing proposed c...

Updated 5 days, 2 hours ago
Potato commission chief looks at this year’s spud conference

MOSES LAKE — There are two big things Chris Voigt is excited for about this year’s Washington-Oregon Potato Conference.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
USDA awards potato research grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $2.6 million in potato breeding research grants to four researchers across the U.S., including...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Yakama Nation announces deal to buy Inaba Produce Farms

YAKAMA NATION — The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation have reached an agreement to buy the 1,500-acre Inaba Produce Farms, which is wholly located within the Yakima Reservation.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
McGregor Company acquires Pendleton Grain Growers

COLFAX — The McGregor Company announced it acquired seed retailer Pendleton Grain Growers in late July.

Updated 2 months ago
Scientists seek better ways to keep organic fruit fresh

Increasingly popular with consumers, Washington-grown organic apples and pears thrive in the region’s dry, disease-discouraging climate.

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Witherbee announces change after 20 years at helm

WENATCHEE — After leading the Washington Apple Education Foundation, or WAEF, as its executive director for 20 years, Jennifer Witherbee has announced she in...

Updated 3 months ago
Vegetable association conference returns to in-person

KENNEWICK — The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association will stage its annual conference in person this year at the Three Rivers Convention Center.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Invasive Japanese beetles threaten Yakima Valley growers

GRANDVIEW (AP) — Thousands of invasive Japanese beetles have been caught in the Lower Yakima Valley this summer and pose a threat to the agricultural industry.

Updated 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Gebbers Farms reaches settlement with L&I over COVID-related fines

BREWSTER — In a case likely watched in the central Washington fruit industry, Brewster-based cherry and apple grower Gebbers Farms agreed to spend nearly $2 million to improve conditions for workers in an agreeme...

Studies show extent of strain to Washington’s food access and food production systems due to COVID-19
2021-12-14
Two studies commissioned by WSDA detail the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on food production and food access in our state.
New grant now available to help build farm to school programs
2021-11-22
WSDA is offering a grants for Farm to School projects. Visit agr.wa.gov/farmtoschool for more information.
WSDA supports expansion of Eat Local First and Washington Food & Farm Finder
2021-11-10
A new wholesale vendor finder is now available, thanks to support from WSDA. The new tool can be found at eatlocalfirst.org.