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Updated 1 week, 5 days ago

Yakima wineries struggle with COVID-19 closures

The sawdust was still settling on Fortuity Cellars’ new tasting room when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
WSU study sees decline in support for plant breeding programs

A team of scientists led by Kate Evans, a Washington State University horticulture professor who leads WSU’s apple and pear breeding program, found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending less on publ...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Potatoes USA reports record retail potato sales

While the COVID-19 pandemic depressed sales of potatoes for restaurants, retail sales — potato sales to consumers rather than to restaurants — reached record highs for the year July 2019 through June 2020, accord...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
FFA future uncertain in the age of COVID

As school districts work on finalizing plans for students returning this fall, many programs such as FFA remain up in the air as to what things might look like this year.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Farmworkers protected by numerous laws

There are roughly 160,000 farmworkers in the state of Washington.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Survey forecasts slight rise in 2020 fresh apple production

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is forecasting the state’s 2020 fresh apple crop at around 134 million 40-pound boxes.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Ritzville student uses COVID closure to start business

RITZVILLE — When the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, Peyton Curtis really didn’t think it would amount to much.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Mysterious seed packet should be left unopened

OLYMPIA — That mysterious packet of seeds that just showed up in your mailbox? Don’t plant it.

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
State agriculture department catches first Asian giant hornet

BIRCH BAY — Researchers with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) trapped their first Asian giant hornet earlier this month.

Updated 2 months ago
Organizers reflect on the Othello Fair’s history

There’s one thing Dave Sperl really likes about the Othello Fair.

Updated 2 months ago
Ag tech entrepreneur sees data as the apple of his eye

WALLA WALLA — When Steve Mantle moved to the Walla Walla Valley, remote working was not the rage it is now.