Updated 3 days, 13 hours ago
A decade-long, globe-trotting search for a better Christmas tree

Christmas tree lovers and tree growers across the U.S. could one day admire new varieties that look great, hold up for weeks in the home, and stand up to a d...

Updated 6 days, 13 hours ago
Washington receives $3.5m in USDA funds to fight farm pests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $3.5 million to the state of Washington to help deal with invasive species and farm pests, including nearly $600,000 to combat the Asian giant hor...

Updated 3 weeks ago
Newhouse calls for more help for farmworkers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of 70 lawmakers, including Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, are calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to use $1.5 billion recently approved by Congress...

Updated 1 month ago
Potato conference, minus spud bar, goes online

MOSES LAKE — Like most conferences inn the time of COVID-19, this year’s Washington-Oregon Potato Conference has moved online. Which means it will include everything but the hugely popular potato bar.

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

New documentary details WSDA’s hunt for the Asian giant hornet
Last fall, a production crew spent six weeks in Washington filming beekeepers, researchers, and WSDA staff for the documentary. The 90-minute production, “Attack of the murder hornets,” becomes available to stream Feb. 20 via Discovery+, a subscription-based channel.
State veterinarian alerts poultry flock owners to potential avian influenza threat
WSDA will offer a free webinar to help poultry owners protect their birds from avian influenza as cases continue to increase worldwide.
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