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New L&I group to focus on safety of farmworkers

TUMWATER — The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries, L&I, says it is taking a major step to help farmworkers be safe on the job.

Updated 3 days, 12 hours ago
Newhouse bill seeks to allow postal service alcohol deliveries

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, has his way, one of the last remaining vestiges of the Prohibition Era could soon be repealed.

Updated 1 week ago
L&I issues temporary COVID-19 rules for farm labor housing

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the State Department of Health in early May issued revised COVID-19 guidelines for farmworkers living in temporary housing.

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Othello CHS bean plant grows, will triple processing rate

OTHELLO – With the recent addition of 50,000 square feet of warehouse space, the CHS dry edible bean plant in Othello is increasing its storage capacity by 35%. This move is driven by the CHS strategy to expand c...

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
LDS church-linked firm to bid on bankrupt Easterday properties

SPOKANE — A Salt Lake City-based real estate company attached to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has signaled its intention to make a nearly $200 million bid on the property of bankrupt Easterday ...

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Award will help study and fight soil compaction

While soil compaction happens below the surface, it has many above-ground impacts on crops. Compacted soil doesn’t absorb water very well, makes it hard for ...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Wenatchee prepares for 2021 Apple Blossom Festival

WENATCHEE — It’s going to be a little later than usual, but there will be a Washington State Apple Blossom Festival this year.

Updated 2 months, 1 week 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 2 months, 2 weeks 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 3 months 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.

Applications open for 2021 NE WA Wolf-Livestock Management Grants
WSDA is now accepting applications for 2021 NE WA wolf grants.
Trapping gets underway for invasive pests
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has begun its annual hunt for pests that threaten the state’s environment and agricultural industry, including gypsy moth, Asian giant hornet, apple maggot, and Japanese beetle.
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.)