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Self-pollinating plant shows rapid loss of genetic variation

PULLMAN — Without bumble bees, a flowering plant that can self‑pollinate lost substantial genetic variation within only nine generations, an experimental study found. A group of “selfing” monkeyflower plants los...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
WineVit conference set for February

CASHMERE — The WineVit 2023 conference will be held Feb. 6-9 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, according to a press release from the Washington Winegrowers Association. The annual three-day eve...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
State of the spuds: Potato harvest looking up

COLUMBIA BASIN — The state of the taters is, well, pretty darn good this year. “The potato harvest is definitely a lighter crop than what we’re historically used to,” said Dale Lathim, executive director of Pota...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Ag officials warn against rabbit virus

OLYMPIA — Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture have confirmed the presence in the state of yet another highly infectious animal disease with the discovery of two cases of rabbit hemorrhag...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
‘What cherry harvest?’ Growers report drastic drop in yield

ROYAL CITY — There are short and long crops in the tree fruit business, good and bad years, and then there are those years, those harvests, the ones few growers – if any – remember fondly. The 2022 Pacific Northw...

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
State regulators charge PacifiCorp with failure to plan

LACEY — The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the body that regulates the state’s utilities, has filed a complaint against Oregon-based utility PacifiCorp for failing to consider the social cost...

Updated 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Washington company develops special shoes for people with diabetes

REDMOND — A Washington-based maker of remote sensors for health care has teamed up with a Florida-based maker of protective footwear for people with diabetes to create shoes that can monitor diabetic ulcers and h...

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
USDA to offer shipping container assistance for agricultural export

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in late May that the Farm Service Agency is accepting applications from interested agricultural producers and

Updated 6 months ago
USDA: Wheat crop expected to increase this year

PORTLAND — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a major increase in wheat production in Washington in 2022, according to a report published by the department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Updated 6 months ago
Biological fungicide OK’d for US use

WAGENINGEN, Netherlands — Dutch agricultural chemical maker Ceradis Crop Protection announced in late April that its CeraFruta postharvest biological fungicide has now been listed for organic use in the United St...

Pest trapping season wraps up; first year with no northern giant hornets detected since 2019
For the first time since the northern giant hornet (Vespa mandarina) was initially detected in the state, the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) Pest Program did not trap or confirm any sightings of the hornets in Washington this year.
WSDA vets confirm equine infectious anemia in two Yakima County horses
WSDA animal health officials have confirmed equine infectious anemia (EIA) in two Washington horses this week.
Lunch trays feature local foods for Taste Washington Day
Locally grown food in school cafeterias across Washington will be in the spotlight next week as schools and farms participate in Taste Washington Day. This year the day falls on October 5, which Governor Inslee proclaimed as Taste Washington Day
Uptick in bird flu cases likely this fall
With the fall migration underway across the nation, Washington state is preparing for an uptick in highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases. Veterinarians predict newly infected wild birds will join the already infected, resident wild waterfowl populations: increasing the risk of transmission to backyard flocks.
Rules for e-vehicle charging proposed, public hearing Oct. 11
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) last week filed the proposed rule aimed to regulate publicly available charging stations for electric vehicles. This action follows the passage of 2SSB 5192 in the 2021 legislative session.