DOE Looking At Increasing Spill Over Columbia, Snake River Dams

The Washington Department of Ecology is looking at changing water quality standards to help migrating juvenile salmon.  Dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers may be allowed to spill more water to assist fish in the area.  Ecology has proposed changing the water quality standard for Total Dissolved Gas during the spring spill season.   […]

WDFW To Resume Killing Wolves In Northeast Washington

Because of the high number of depredations at the hands of the Old Profanity Territory, or OPT pack, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says additional wolves will be killed.  On Wednesday WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized WDFW staff to lethally remove wolves from the OPT pack in response to repeated depredation of cattle […]

WSU Skagit County Working To Address Farmer Suicides

Across the United States, the Ag community is working to address the growing program of farmer suicides.  According to the latest figures from the CDC, while the suicide rate in the Ag industry is not dissimilar from the general population, the suicide rate among male farmers is twice as high as the non-farm community.   […]

WSU Debuts New Raspberry Variety

It’s taken more than a decade to develop, but Washington State University has unveiled a new raspberry variety, Cascade Premier.  WSU Small Fruit Breeder Patrick Moore has been working on varieties at WSU’s Puyallup Research Center for 31 year, and he calls this the best one year.   “Cascade Premier has better Root Rot tolerance […]

U.S.-China Talks to Continue in September

The U.S. and China will resume trade talks in September following meetings this week in Beijing.  A White House statement confirmed the plans Wednesday, adding the meetings this week were constructive.  The two sides talked forced technology transfer, intellectual property rights, services, non-tariff barriers, and agriculture.  China and the U.S. remain in a tit-for-tat trade […]

AFBF: Digital Divide Must Be Closed

It’s a story you hear repeated across the agriculture sector.  Broadband access is very important, if not vital, for farmers in this age of technology.  American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said farmers need access to remain competitive, especially in a struggling agriculture economy.   “It touches agriculture in a big way because we use […]