Updated 1 month ago
Overtime, capital gains, fuel standards keep farm advocates busy

OLYMPIA — A trio of bills that passed out of the originating house of the Washington State Legislature in early March are proving to be concerns for those involved in farming across the state.

Updated 1 month ago
Newhouse farm workforce reform measure passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives in mid-March voted to approve a bill that is designed to streamline and modernize how farmworkers obtain...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Potato exports show some improvement in December

Overall U.S. potato exports rose in the last month of 2020 but still lagged behind 2019’s record figures, according to data from Colorado-based Potatoes USA.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Legislators back bipartisan state meat inspection bill

MOSES LAKE — A group of state senators from both parties, including Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, are backing a bill that would create a meat inspection service for Washington.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
A decade-long, globe-trotting search for a better Christmas tree

Christmas tree lovers and tree growers across the U.S. could one day admire new varieties that look great, hold up for weeks in the home, and stand up to a d...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Washington receives $3.5m in USDA funds to fight farm pests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $3.5 million to the state of Washington to help deal with invasive species and farm pests, including nearly $600,000 to combat the Asian giant hor...

Updated 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Newhouse calls for more help for farmworkers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of 70 lawmakers, including Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, are calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to use $1.5 billion recently approved by Congress...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Potato conference, minus spud bar, goes online

MOSES LAKE — Like most conferences inn the time of COVID-19, this year’s Washington-Oregon Potato Conference has moved online. Which means it will include everything but the hugely popular potato bar.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Bill would extend disaster aid to grape growers

A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill that would help Washington state grape growers who have seen the quality of their crops affected by smoke from the region’s wildfires this year.

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
WSDA prepares assault on gypsy moth lairs

With the press the Asian giant hornet has gotten this year, it’s easy to forget it’s only one of a number of invasive pests the Washington State Department of Agriculture battles every day.

Gypsy moth treatments begin in Cowlitz County
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) plans to begin treatments to eradicate a gypsy moth introduction starting Monday, May 10, weather permitting. In total, WSDA will aerially treat about 640 acres with a naturally occurring soil bacteria, Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki.)
Test confirms group of WA dogs show evidence of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19
WSDA receives confirmation of 23 dogs testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, indicating exposure to the coronavirus.
WSDA grant program offers help to qualifying ag businesses
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is offering grants to small agriculture-related businesses in sectors that have suffered economically due to the coronavirus pandemic, but have been left out of earlier relief programs.
Public’s help needed to detect destructive, invasive beetle
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is asking the public to report any sightings of Japanese beetle, an invasive and highly destructive pest, and will be hosting an educational webinar about the beetles in April.