Updated 1 week 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 weeks, 5 days 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 1 month 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 1 month, 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 2 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...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
USA Pears wins social media award

PORTLAND, Ore. — USA Pears has won an award for Best In-House Digital Marketing Campaign for a series of videos highlighting Pacific Northwest pear growers.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
New law makes farmworkers eligible for overtime pay

TUMWATER — Dairy workers in Washington State will now earn overtime pay under a new state law that takes effect on July 25, with other agricultural workers eligible to start earning overtime on Jan. 1, 2022.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
State potato commission ends marketing order

MOSES LAKE — It’s the end of an era.

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
WSDA awards $14 million in grants to small agribusinesses

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has awarded more than $14 million in COVID-19 Relief and Recovery grants to 839 businesses affected by the pandemic.

Updated 4 months ago
Salt Lake City company buys Easterday companies’ land

KENNEWICK — A federal bankruptcy court judge approved a $209 million bid from Salt Lake City-based Farmland Reserve to purchase roughly 18,000 acres from bankrupt Easterday Farms and Easterday Ranches.