Local Foods Take Center Stage in School Cafeterias on Taste Washington Day
Taste Washington Day is an annual celebration of farm to school connections and provides Washington’s children with the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the bounty and diversity of healthy and delicious Washington-grown foods. This year, Governor Inslee proclaimed October 4th to be Taste Washington Day. The day helps kick off National Farm to School Month locally.
WSDA receives $4.8 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds
Specialty crop grants have aided in revolutionizing agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) again awarding Washington state nearly $5 million to support specialty crops in 2023.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) received the grant to fund 21 projects. Among the projects is more than $249,000 in funding for the Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA).
Wildfires prompt tips to keep livestock safe
As wildfires continue to burn throughout the state, emergency orders have been issued for a coordinated multi-agency response. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is urging large animal owners to closely monitor their animals during these challenging times.