Updated 1 week, 6 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 1 month 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 1 month, 1 week ago
State potato commission ends marketing order

MOSES LAKE — It’s the end of an era.

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

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Ellensburg Rodeo coming Labor Day weekend

ELLENSBURG — The annual Ellensburg Rodeo once again will be Labor Day weekend. One of American’s Top 10 professional rodeos, organizers of this year’s events are hoping to put on an experience similar to past rod...

Updated 2 months ago
U.S., European legislators call for permanent end to wine tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, along with their counterparts in the European Parliament, have called upon the U.S. and the European Union to resolve their current trade dispute and p...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Pandemic hit region hardest in leisure, hospitality, government sectors

MOSES LAKE — While 2020 was hard on the economies of counties in central Washington, the seven-county region did better than the state as a whole percentage-wise.

Updated 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Potato news: Japanese tariffs down; Potato U announced

JAPAN - Frozen fries will now be able to enter Japan tariff free. Japan announced at the beginning of April that it was eliminating the 2.1% tariff on frozen fries from the US, as part of the US-Japan Trade Agree...

State eradicates first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021, asks public to continue reporting
WSDA eradicated the first Asian giant hornet nest of the year on Wednesday, Aug. 25.
First Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 located
WSDA, USDA APHIS, and ODA located the first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021.
WSDA rulemaking for electric vehicle charging stations set to begin
WSDA holds first meetings on new rules for electric vehicle charging stations.
State entomologists confirm the first live Asian giant hornet sighting of 2021
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed the first report of a live Asian giant hornet sighting in Washington in 2021.