Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Bill would extend disaster aid to grape growers

A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill that would help Washington state grape growers who have seen the quality of their crops affected by smoke from the region’s wildfires this year.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
WSDA prepares assault on gypsy moth lairs

With the press the Asian giant hornet has gotten this year, it’s easy to forget it’s only one of a number of invasive pests the Washington State Department of Agriculture battles every day.

Updated 1 month ago
News from the world of potatoes

Washington State University will offer five three-hour webinars in 2020 and 2021 for urban IPM and pesticide education recertification credits. Each seminar will provide three Washington State Department of Agric...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Study: Grazing cattle can reduce wildfire risk

A study by the University of California suggests that grazing cattle can help keep brush down and limit the spread and intensity of wildfires.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
State Supreme Court strikes down overtime exemption for dairy workers

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last week that the state law exempting dairy workers from overtime pay violates the state’s constitution.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
News from the world of potatoes

2021 WA-OR POTATO CONFERENCE TO GO VIRTUAL Due to the restrictions on gatherings to limit the spread of the Corona Virus, we will not be able to have our normal show at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kenn...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Tree Fruit Association gathering online for 116th annual meeting

YAKIMA — The 116th annual NW Horticultural Expo and Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) Annual Meeting is joining the long list of conferences and trade shows that have moved online this year.

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks 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 3 months 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 3 months, 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 ...

Spring treatment proposed to protect Washington’s trees from Asian gypsy moth
WSDA is proposing to treat one area in Cowlitz County next spring to eradicate an introduction of Asian gypsy moth
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.