WSDA Waves Import Requirements To Help Oregon Farmers

Earlier this week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture announced it was waiving import requirement on livestock from Oregon. The move allows animals displaced by wildfires, to temporarily stay in Washington, provided they don’t change ownership and return to Oregon within 30 days. Officials in Oregon have reported significant strain on local stalls and pasture […]

WSDA: Emergency Food Demand Expected To Be Elevated For Months, Years To Come

The strain on emergency food resources across Washington is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. A Thursday webinar focused on the current challenges of providing healthy nutritious food for Washingtonians in need, and how those challenges could evolve into the future. Washington state Department of Agriculture Director Dereck Sandison said in the early days […]

Yakima’s Preacher Named Chair at U.S. Apple Association

The U.S. Apple Association has named a new chair to lead its board of directors. Mike Preacher, the marketing director at Domex Superfresh Growers, will serve the 2020-21 term. Yakima-based Superfresh Growers, is a fifth-generation, family-owned, grower and shipper that focuses on apples, pears, cherries and apricots. Superfresh is the exclusive grower of the Autumn […]

Searle: Uncertainty Weighing On The Minds Of Growers

In a typical year, farmer have a host of questions about their livelihood. From farm labor, to state and federal legislation and weather can create sleepless nights. And in 2020, that insomnia is made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. “Eyes are on just trying to grow crops, what’s the future holing, where are we going […]

Wulf Named New Stemilt CFO

Stemilt announced Thursday, the hiring of a new Chief Financial Officer. Cristian Wulf joins the Wenatchee-based company after 32 years in various senior management roles at Accenture, a professional services company that specializes in management and strategy consulting, technology services, and outsourcing. Among his many roles with Accenture, Wulf was responsible for the CFO management […]

Dave Matthews Headlines Virtual Concert To Help Farmers

Dave Matthews and a host of Northwest musicians will hold a virtual concert later this month to help local farmers. The September 30th benefit concert, Love the Land, will be hosted by the Washington Farmland Trust. According to organizers, funds raised will help growers battling more than just a global pandemic. “Local farmers,” Washington Farmland […]

USDA: CFAP Applications Due Friday

Many specialty crops are grown here in the Northwest. And if you’re a specialty crop producer, and think your crop is not eligible for CFAP payments, you might want to check again.  “There are more than 130 speciality crops there are eligible for the program,” said AMS Administrators Bruce Summers. “The list starts with alfalfa […]

NASDA Adopts New Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture last week adopted a new diversity and inclusion policy during the 2020 NASDA Annual Meeting. According to the organization, the new policy formally incorporates NASDA’s commitment to racial justice into its policymaking framework. NASDA CEO Barb Glenn said, “We believe that the future of agriculture is best […]

Many USDA Projects Have Common Goals

It’s not uncommon to see USDA research projects that on the surface look very different, but have common goals when it comes to improved sustainability, productivity, resiliency via technology, and bringing connected findings together in data collections. One of those according to researcher, Amanda Ashworth, is cattle selection and preference for one grazing area over […]