Sandison: Washington Farmers Continue To Persevere Despite Back-to-Back Challenging Years

It goes without saying, 2020 was a difficult year for Washington’s farm economy. Between challenges with domestic and international trade, worker safety, new government regulation and more, 2020 was a year almost everyone was happy to see come to an end. Unfortunately, for farmers across the Evergreen state, 2021 has not been much better. Drought […]

Sandison Hopeful Trade Climate Will Improve

Many in the Ag industry are trying to prepare for life to return to normal once the pandemic is behind us. One of the best ways to do that, according to Washington state Department of Agriculture director Derek Sandison, improve trade. “If we can get back into the mode at looking at expanding markets, whether […]

Washington’s Invasive Species Awareness Week Goes Virtual

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed February 22nd through February 28th as Invasive Species Awareness Week. “Invasive species threaten our economy, environment, recreation opportunities and can even harm our health,” Inslee said. “I’m calling on everyone who loves this state we call home to become aware of invasive species and take steps to prevent the […]

Sandison: COVID, Trade Issues Remain Into 2021

It may be a different year, but many of the problems that plagued the Washington Ag community remain. While a vaccine is being distributed, it will be sometime before coronavirus is not the most pressing issue on the minds of the Ag industry, and Americans in general. Derek Sandison, director of the Washington state Department […]

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 […]

Sandison: Farmers Have Done A Great Job Weathering Coronavirus

The farm community across the Northwest, across the country, was brought nearly to a standstill at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic back in March. While supply chains were in many cases shutdown, Derek Sandison Director of the Washington state Department of Agriculture, said the Ag community in the Evergreen state did an excellent job […]

WSDA, Others, Working To Feed Millions Of Washingtonians

It’s estimated that in the month of April, 1.6 million Washingtonians relied on their local food bank in some fashion. That figure is expected to cross the two million mark during the month of May. As the fight against the coronavirus continues and with many people out of work, or unable to get into work, […]

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 […]

Perdue: Food Supply In Good Shape Despite Coronavirus Fears

On Thursday, we told you that Washington state Department of Agriculture Director Derek Sandison is confident that farmers across the Evergreen state will keep the food supply chain open and operational. What about at the national level? “We were on a conference call [this week] with all out food suppliers and vendors, and those that […]