Inslee OKs Agritourism Activities

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has released new guidance that will permit agritourism activities this fall for counties in a modified Phase One. The five counties currently under a modified Phase One, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin and Yakima, will be able to offer corn mazes, hay wagons, fire pits and more, similar to counties that are […]

Warnick: Inslee Overstepped In Agritourism Proclamation

In late August, Governor Jay Inslee issued a coronavirus proclamation specific to the agritourism industry across Washington. And within hours the farm community cried foul. Many took issue with the fact that not only would this proclamation shutdown many farms just as the agritourism season starts to ramp up, but also pointed out that similar […]

Honeyford: Ag Industry Should Have Been Part Of Agritourism Discussions

While the Washington economy continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, many in the farming sector feel they were unfairly targeted by Governor Jay Inslee. Late last week, the governor’s office issued rules that many say essentially shut down the agritourism industry. And what frustrated many in farm country was that very similar activities were […]

USDA Helping Farmers, Businesses and Ag Producers Cut Energy Costs

The USDA Announce Tuesday 58 grants to help farmers and rural businesses to reduce energy costs.  The grants, awarded in 17 states and Puerto Rico, are provided through the Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP.  Congress allocated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in 2019.  Tuesday’s announcement includes $1 million in renewable […]