Updated 1 week, 1 day 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 week, 3 days 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 4 days ago
Farmworkers protected by numerous laws

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

Updated 3 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 3 weeks, 6 days 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.

Updated 1 month ago
Ag tech entrepreneur sees data as the apple of his eye

WALLA WALLA — When Steve Mantle moved to the Walla Walla Valley, remote working was not the rage it is now.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
WSU receives grant to develop robotic pollinator

PROSSER — Washington State University (WSU) has announced that it has received a grant to develop a robotic pollinator. Manoj Karkee, WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering, is the lead researcher on th...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Newhouse seeks bipartisan tax breaks for newspapers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, is co-sponsoring a bill that would provide tax breaks to local newspapers, newspaper subscribers and the businesses that advertise with them.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Federal COVID-19 farm aid extended to specialty crops

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Specialty crop producers are now eligible to apply for assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on J...

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.