Updated 4 days, 19 hours ago
Potato losses hurt more than just farmers, processors

It’s been a difficult year for the Washington’s potato farmers, with growers and potato processors losing an estimated $900 million in sales — both domestic and exports — and $170 million in income, according to ...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Washington water trust names new executive director

James Kraft has been named the new executive director of the Washington Water Trust.

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
U.S. potato sales sag but still strong

A decline in demand for U.S. potatoes internationally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic caused total potato exports to fall almost 3 percent for the marketing year 2019-2020, according to Colorado-based market...

Updated 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Wind farm sprouts on Rattlesnake Flat

The name Rattlesnake Flat evokes bleak and remote desolation — lonely cacti dotting a dusty landscape, the occasional tumbleweed lopping past a cattle skull ...

Updated 1 month ago
WSU study sees decline in support for plant breeding programs

A team of scientists led by Kate Evans, a Washington State University horticulture professor who leads WSU’s apple and pear breeding program, found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending less on publ...

Updated 1 month ago
Potatoes USA reports record retail potato sales

While the COVID-19 pandemic depressed sales of potatoes for restaurants, retail sales — potato sales to consumers rather than to restaurants — reached record highs for the year July 2019 through June 2020, accord...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
FFA future uncertain in the age of COVID

As school districts work on finalizing plans for students returning this fall, many programs such as FFA remain up in the air as to what things might look like this year.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Farmworkers protected by numerous laws

There are roughly 160,000 farmworkers in the state of Washington.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Survey forecasts slight rise in 2020 fresh apple production

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is forecasting the state’s 2020 fresh apple crop at around 134 million 40-pound boxes.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Mysterious seed packet should be left unopened

OLYMPIA — That mysterious packet of seeds that just showed up in your mailbox? Don’t plant it.

Washington traps male Asian giant hornet weeks earlier than anticipated
WSDA has trapped a male Asian giant hornet – the first male Asian giant hornet to be detected in the U.S.
Washington traps first Asian giant hornet
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) trapped its first Asian giant hornet this month.
Public asked to turn in suspicious seeds mailed from other countries
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) are asking the public to turn in seeds they receive that may have been shipped into the United States illegally.