Pasco Balcom Elected To Lead The National Potato Council

The National Potato Council has a new president, and he comes from the Pacific Northwest. On Tuesday, Jared Balcom of Pasco, WA, was elected to serve a NPA’s 2022 president and head the grower-led organization’s Executive Committee. The election took place during the NPC’s 2022 Washington Summit. “As I take on the position of NPC […]

Ryan Announces Plans To Leave Darigold

Darigold announced last week that president and CEO Stan Ryan will retire at the end of March, after leading the coop for six years. Current president of Global Ingredients, Joe Coote, has been promoted to CEO of the 104-year-old dairy coop. “Stan has been a game-changing and transformative leader at Darigold. Under his leadership, our […]

IFC Acquires Chelan Fruit

Washington-based Chelan Fruit Cooperative has been acquired by International Farming. The news comes just after grower, packer and shipper of apples, cherries and pears celebrated its 100th anniversary as a grower-owned cooperative. The vertically integrated tree fruit producer currently includes 1,100 acres of apple and cherry orchards and state-of-the-art packing facilities, controlled atmosphere and storage […]

Mid-Columbia Ag Hall Of Fame Announces Inductees

The Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame announced its 2022 inductees last week. And those being recognized are being done so for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and agribusiness in four categories. This year’s class represents the 21st year Hall of Fame honors have been awarded to Mid-Columbia farmers, families and agribusiness leaders. The Pioneer Award honors […]

Schoesler Critical Of Study Looking At Removal Of Snake River Dams

Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that he and senator Patty Murray were exploring options to breach the lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups and northwest tribes have increased efforts as of recent to remove the four dams located between Lewiston, ID and Pasco, WA. Those dams are located in state Senator Mark Schoesler’s […]

Inslee, Murray Looking At Ways To Remove the Snake River Dams

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray are exploring options to breach the lower Snake River dams. According to the Spokesman-Review, Inslee made that announcement during a virtual gathering of Washington environmentalists Thursday. During a fundraiser organized by Washington Conservation Voters, the governor said he and Washington’s senior senator are working on “a rigorous, […]

Washington State Dairy Federation Excited About Proposed Darigold Plant

Count the Washington State Dairy Federation as one of many excited about Darigold’s plans to construct​a $550 million processing facility in South Central Washington. WSDF Executive director, Dan Wood, said not only will it be the largest large scale milk protein facility in North America, its location means producers across the Northwest won’t need to travel […]

Darigold Announces Plans To Build $550M Facility In South Central Washington

Darigold plans to build a new state of the art facility near the Tri-Cities. The Port of Pasco announced Thursday the sale of approximately 150 acres of the Reimann Industrial Center to Darigold. Darigold said this purchase will allow them to construct the most sophisticated, large scale milk protein facility in North America, with more […]

Tyson Foods-Pasco Awards $6K In Scholarships

Tyson Foods-Pasco facility has awarded six $1,000 scholarships to area students through their annual local scholarship program. The scholarships will assist six individuals with college or university education-related expenses, such as tuition, books, academic fees and room and board. Tyson awards scholarships annually to children of current Tyson team members based on student performance, involvement […]

Tyson Offers COVID Vaccinations To Workers

Tyson Foods held a free, onsite COVID-19 vaccination event Thursday, encouraging workers at their Pasco beef plant to get immunized. Prior to Thursday’s event, only 100 of the 1,400 employees at the plant had been vaccinated, and company officials were hoping to use the day to encourage hundreds more to get the shot. Company officials […]