Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
PNW vegetable conference going online this year

CYBERSPACE — It’s going to be an odd conference this year for members of the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association as they gather this November. Because it’s all going to be online. Virtual. On the Internet.

Updated 1 month ago
USDA announces second round of covid farm aid

Farmers who missed out on the first round of Coronavirus loss assistance are now eligible to apply for a second round of assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2).

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

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

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks 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 1 month, 4 weeks 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 2 months 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 2 months, 1 week 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 2 months, 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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Farmworkers protected by numerous laws

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

WSDA entomologists eradicate first Asian giant hornet nest
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists successfully eradicated an Asian giant hornet nest by vacuuming the hornets out of the nest Saturday, Oct. 24, just two days after finding the nest in a tree on private property in Blaine, Wash.
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.