Western Washington Campylobacter Infections Linked To Raw Milk

According to the Washington state Department of Health, multiple campylobacter infections have been connected to raw milk distributed by a western Washington dairy. Five lab-positive cases have been identified in individuals who consumed Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk purchased in Clallam, Skagit, Kitsap, and Clark Counties. Dungeness Valley Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of […]

Farmer Co-ops Urge Attention to Farmer Mental Health Issues

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is urging the USDA to focus on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on farmers’ mental health. In a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue this week, the organization says, “for some, mental health may become as or more important than financial health.” Farmers have reached the point of […]

Discovery Near Blaine A Concern For Beekeepers

Last month, the Washington state Department of Agriculture made a discovery that could put additional pressure on the already stressed honeybee industry.  WSDA entomologists identified a large hornet found near Blaine in the Northwest corner of the state as an Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), an invasive species not previously found in Washington.   Although […]

Washington Health Investigating More Cases Of Salmonella Linked To Backyard Poultry

The Washington Department of Health is investigating four more cases of Salmonella link to backyard poultry.  Last week’s cases were reported in Clallam, Island, Stevens and Spokane counties.  That brings the total number of cases being investigated this year up to 20.   Those that came down with salmonella range in age up to 85, […]

WSDA Looking To Cut Food Waste

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is looking at what can be done to reduce food waste in the United States.  According to the WSDA 30% of all food produced goes to the landfill, and the average American household wastes 20% of all food purchased, accounting for roughly $200 per month.  Katie Rains with the […]