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 […]

Schoesler: UI One Of The Top Issues For Washington Farm Community

During the Washington legislative session, the farm community will watch a variety of issues very closely. But for state Senator Mark Schoesler, one of the top issues is Unemployment Insurance taxes, with some farmers already reporting an increase of 500% or greater on their April bill. In response, Schoesler proposed Senate Bill 5197, which he […]

Inslee Directs State To Rework Wolf Rulemaking Process

On Friday, Governor Jay Inslee sent a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to initiate a new rulemaking process when it comes to wolf management. Last week’s letter comes following an appeal from the Center for Biological Diversity challenging WDFW’s current wolf management rules. CBD claims the state’s current rules fail to […]

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 […]

Coronavirus Impacting Local Wheat Growers In A Variety Of Ways

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on agriculture has varied commodity to commodity. For the wheat industry, COVID-19’s impact has been more subtle and in some cases delayed. Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers said she’s heard of wheat growers receiving spot checks from Labor and Industries to ensure the […]

Despite Big Impact, Warner Confident Washington Wineries Will Bounce Back From COVID-19

Wine is one of the sectors of the agriculture industry that has seen the most direct hit from social distancing practices because of the coronavirus outbreak. Tasting rooms across Washington have closed down amid Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home order, preventing consumers from the experience of wine tasting weekends. However, as Steve Warner, President and […]

Oregon’s Governor Supports Removal Of Snake River Dams

Oregon’s Governor says removing the four lower Snake River dams is the best way to increase salmon runs.  Last week, Kate Brown sent a letter to fellow Democrat Jay Inslee offering her support of his effort to “restore health” to the orcas.   Brown’s letter said “The science is clear, that removing the earthen portions […]

Ag, Non-Ag Support Dams At Know The Dam Facts

 An estimated 150 people were in Pasco Monday night, rallying to support the Snake River Dams. The Know The Dam Facts Rally, organized by the Tri-Cities Legislative Council, was held ahead of the Governor Jay Inslee’s Snake River dams workshop.  TCLC said the rally was organized when it was announced the workshops would not include the […]

Dye: Seattle Should Address Their Problems Before Trying To Remove Snake River Dams

The Inland Northwest farming community spent much of 2019 hot under the collar, primarily because of Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to allocate $750,000 in state funds to a study looking at the economic impact of removing the lower Snake River dams.  State Representative Mary Dye said this is just the latest effort in decades of […]

School Encouraged To Eat Local During Taste Washington Day

Wednesday marks the 9th year in a row the Washington state Department of Agriculture has teamed up with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington state Nutrition Association to host Taste Washington Day.  The October 2nd event encourages partnerships between local farmers and school districts to get Washington-grown products in the cafeteria. […]