Northwest Receives $6.5M For Pest Detection

The USDA announced Tuesday the Northwest will receive roughly $6.5 million for pest detection and surveillance. Washington was awarded $3.5 million, Idaho will see nearly $1.6 million while Oregon will receive $1.4 million for efforts to safeguard the U.S nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing more than $70 million in funding this year to […]

Salmonsen Does Not Believe New China Trade Deal Will Hurt U.S. Ag

Will U.S. farmers be hurt by the world’s largest trade deal led by China and recently signed by 14 other Asian countries? American Farm Bureau trade adviser Dave Salmonsen believes American agriculture already benefits from deals with most of the Asian nations involved in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He noted the RCEP, and the […]

Joint Effort Between USDA/WSDA Helped Locate Asian Giant Hornets

A collaborative effort between the USDA and the Washington state Department of Agriculture lead to the recent breakthrough regarding the threat of Asian Giant Hornets, also known as the Murder Hornets, in the northwest corner of the state. Anne LeBrun of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said they were more than happy to […]

Asian Giant Nest By The Numbers

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is learning more and more about the Asian Giant hornet nest discovered near Blaine. The nest was just over eight feet high in the tree and, once opened, was found to be about 14″ long and 8″-9″ wide. Inside, WSDA crews found roughly 500 live specimens, including 76 hatched […]

WSDA: Removal Of Asian Giant Hornet Nest Successful

According to the Washington state Department of Agriculture, Friday’s removal of an Asian giant hornet nest found near Blaine was successful. The WSDA Pest Program vacuumed numerous hornets out of a tree cavity. Few details were offered Friday. The WSDA plans to release more information Monday. Click Here for more from the WSDA. If you […]

Washington’s Weed & Invasive Species Conference Set For Early November

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 70th Annual Washington State Weed Conference will move on-line this year, and be free to the public. In addition, according to the the Washington Vegetation Management Association and the Washington Invasive Species Council, the length of the conference has increased, with two of the four days focused on […]

WSDA Asking For Help Locating Asian Giants

Officials with the Washington state Department of Agriculture said last week they are on the search for a nest of Asian Giant hornets. WSDA crews want to find any nests so they can be destroyed before anything happens to the local honey bee population. Evidence of six hornets was found outside of Blaine last week, […]

USDA Releases Asian Giant Genome

USDA has released the complete genome for the Asian giant hornet, in hopes to help researchers learn more after the pest was recently discovered in NW Washington. Stephanie Ho has more. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

WSDA Reports A 4th Asian Giant In NW Corner Of The State

Last week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture and the USDA confirmed a fourth Asian giant hornet was recently found in the northwest corner of the state. The queen hornet was reportedly stepped on by a Bellingham resident June 6th, roughly 20 miles from where the first two hornets were discovered in December. The two […]

Asian Giant Not A “Murder Hornet” But Still A Concern For Northwest Ag

In December 2019, the Washington State Department of Agriculture put out a warning after Asian Giant hornets were discovered in the northwest corner of the state. But those insects have gained national and international fame recently after they were given the title Murder Hornet. Washington State University’s Dr. Tim Lawrence said that title is a […]