Kretz: More Needs To Be Done To Prevent Massive Wildfires Before They Start

During October’s Washington Policy Center Virtual Farm Hall, members of the Ag community gathered to discuss some of the key issues facing the farming community now and into the future. And one of those topics was wildfires. Wildfires have caused a great amount of damage to the Washington Ag community in recent years, whether it […]

Farm Country Reminded To Be Prepared During September

Many Northwest farming communities, from North Central Washington to the Palouse and into Oregon have been impacted this month by wildfires. While other areas have suffered flooding or wind damage this year. Whatever the threat is to your community, the AARP is reminding you to be prepared for the unexpected. The AARP’s Sean Voskuhl said […]

EES Looking To Help Livestock Impacted By Wildfire

It’s not just humans that have been impacted by wildfires burning up and down the West Coast. Thousands of horses and cows have little to nothing to eat in North Central Washington, thanks primarily to the Cold Springs Fire. The Emergency Equipment Solutions, a non-profit organization, is taking donations to help the NCW ranching community. […]

NCW Officials Trying To Track Down Apples Distributed By Inslee

North Central Washington investigators are asking for your helping as they try to track down apples brought to the Bridgeport area by Governor Jay Inslee over the weekend. During his Saturday trip to witness the devastation from area wildfires, the Governor brought apples from western Washington. Will Carpenter Director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and […]

Warnick: Inslee Should Have Followed The Law

Many in the Washington Ag community are not happy with Governor Jay Inslee after he brought apples that contained apple maggot larvae from Thurston County to North Central Washington. While she appreciates the gesture by the Governor, Moses Lake Senator Judy Warnick said the quarantined areas established across the state are not to be taken […]

NCW Ranches Need Help Providing For Livestock

The Cold Springs Fire south of Omak has burned tens-of thousands of acres, destroyed homes, outbuilding and much more. But it’s not just humans that are the victim of this fire. Thousands of horses and cattle now have little to nothing to eat after fields were burned and barns were destroyed. In response the non-profit […]

Clayton: Local Labor Issues A Concern As Harvest Season Gets Underway

With cherries kicking off the 2020 harvest season across the Northwest, more and more farm laborers will descend on the area to ensure that produce gets to market in a timely fashion. As in most years, labor is a concern for growers across the region. And adding to that concern, is the impact the coronavirus […]

Apple Plate Clears Washington Senate

The Washington apple plate is one step closer to reality.  On Thursday, the Senate voted 46-1 to approved legislation creating the specialty plate commemorating Washington’s top commodity.   “This bill [Senate Bill 6032] will allow vehicle owners to show their pride in Washington’s iconic apples, bring more awareness to our important apple industry and help […]

Washington Tree Fruit Industry Concerned About Thursday Pesticide Hearing

On Thursday, the Washington state Senate Ag, Water and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to debate legislation, looking at greatly reducing the use of, or in some cases banning organophosphate pesticides, such as chlorpyrifos.  Supporters of the legislation, Senate Bill 6518, say they are looking to protect mothers and children from these pesticides.   April […]