WSDA Offices Closed But Department Remains Fully Operational

In line with Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay At Home Proclamation, the Washington state Department of Agriculture will close offices to the public starting Wednesday. However, that does not mean help is not available for the state’s Ag community.

Despite the closure, WSDA issued a statement Tuesday saying the agency supports the state’s critical infrastructure, and inspections and other crucial services will be made available to maintain the viability of the food supply chain. WSDA has previously taken other actions to follow social distancing recommendations, including having employees working from home where possible as well as cancelling or postponing large meetings and gatherings.

The indefinite closure is an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus statewide.

“This is an extraordinary measure, but a necessary step to help protect both our staff and the public,” WSDA director Derek Sandison said. “WSDA remains open for business and will continue to fulfill its mission of supporting our state’s agriculture industry. I would encourage the public to call, email or use our website to connect with us for the time being.”

The public can still reach WSDA staff for regular business and assistance. All WSDA divisions are accessible by phone and email. You can reach the agency at (360) 902-1800 or by visiting the WSDA’s Website to learn more about specific programs.

COVID-19 specific information can be found by visiting this WSDA Website.

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