USDA Invests $21M To Improve Drought Resilience

In an effort to help farmers and ranchers conserve water and build drought resilience in their communities, the USDA in investing $21 million on a variety of projects across the Pacific Northwest. The effort is part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) collaboration with the Department of Interior’s (DOI) WaterSMART Initiative. According to USDA, these […]

CPoW, Others, Awarded Wolf Deterrent Funds

Last week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture awarded the Northeast Washington Wolf-Livestock Management grant to the Cattle Producers of Washington. The Association will receive $397,440 for its wolf deterrence project. CPoW’s project involves using conflict specialists to address wolf issues in Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille and Okanogan counties. In addition, the sheriff’s departments in […]

WSDA To Discuss Potential Apple Maggot Quarantine for Okanogan County In Early March

Could an apple maggot quarantine soon be issued for Washington’s Okanogan County? Last year, the Washington state Department of Agriculture placed 281 adult fly traps on host trees in the pest-free area of Okanogan County. WSDA documented 69 positive sites that captured 471 adult apple maggots. In addition, crews sampled hawthorn berries for the maggot […]

Drought Leads To Disaster Declaration For NW Counties

On Wednesday Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the designation of seven central Washington counties as primary natural disaster area. Producers in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for FSA emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit […]

WDFW: Wolf Population Continues To Grow

Washington’s wolf population continues to increase. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the 2019 wolf count shows a population at the highest levels since the 1930’s, the last time wolves could be hunted in the state. As of December 31st, 108 wolves, in 21 packs call the state home. In addition the […]

Millions Awarded To Conserve Farms, Forest Around Washington

 The state of Washington has awarded millions of dollars to conserve working farms and forests around the Evergreen State.  The $5.2 million in grant funding comes from the Washington state and Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.  The board also received word of funding from federal grants for projects that develop and improve recreational opportunities for […]

Newhouse Encouraging NCW Farmers To Share Thoughts On Grizzly Reintroduction

Earlier this year, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 90-day comment period on the proposed reintroduction of grizzly bears in North Central Washington.  That comment period comes to a close Friday October 24th, but before that window closes, a public meeting will take place where livestock producers and others […]