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

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Banner Bank hires new mortgage officer

EPHRATA — Banner Bank has hired veteran lender Lorena Urrutia as its new mortgage loan officer for its Ephrata office.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
SBA recognizes Washington businesses

SEATTLE — Four Washington small business owners have been recognized by the Small Business Administration as part of the agency’s 2022 National Small Business Week program.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
USDA to offer $6 billion in relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced via press release in early May that it will make $6 billion in relief payments to commodity and specialty crop growers affected by natural disasters...

Updated 4 months ago
A decade of change in just a few weeks: Ag economist looks at rapidly shifting trends

The world has seen a lot of change in the last few years, according to Dave Kohl.

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
PNAA names new Ops director

REDMOND — The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance has named Lisa Childs as the organization’s new director of operations.

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.
More than $16 million awarded to strengthen local food system infrastructure
WSDA awarded more than $16 million in grants to help small farms and food businesses recover from ongoing economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington receives $4.7 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds
Specialty crop grants have aided in revolutionizing agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is at it again, awarding Washington state nearly $5 million to support specialty crops in 2022.
WSDA brings more Washington-grown foods to schools
The Washington State Department of Agriculture is investing more than $3.5 million to get locally-grown food on school lunch trays across the state this coming school year.