Schoesler: Farmers Need To Be Skeptical Of Capital Gains Tax

Despite being rejected by voters multiple times, lawmakers in Olympia are looking at putting a capital gains tax on the books in Washington. What impact would such as tax have on the farming community across the Evergreen State? State Senator Mark Schoesler, a wheat farmer from the Ritzville are, called the capital gains idea a […]

Schoesler: Overtime Discussion Not Good for Producers, Employees

As Washington lawmakers continue to debate the idea of requiring overtime pay for ag workers, one farm legislator says the conversation is not good for either the producer or the employee. Senator Mark Schoesler, a wheat farmer from Ritzville, said the idea of initiating overtime pay is counterproductive for both sides of the equation. “Because, […]

Beef Counts Celebrates 10 Years Of Helping Washingtonians In Need

It’s been ten years since Washington’s beef community began Beef Counts, the beef community’s effort to help fight hunger across the Pacific Northwest. Branden Spencer, a 4th-generation farmers in the Ritzville area said it’s important that Washingtonians see that those who work in the beef supply chain want to help their neighbors in their time […]

Dye: Food Donation Events Display Heart Of Washington Ag

Farmers across the Inland Northwest, have been very busy over the past couple of weeks, not preparing their commodities for processing, but rather helping fellow Washingtonians impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Over the past couple of weeks, potato grower, for example, have held donation events where thousands of pounds of spuds were handed out […]

Potato Growers To Donate Tons Of Spuds Wednesday

In an effort to help eastern Washingtonians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to move potatoes that don’t have a destination, a host of growers will donate nearly 20 tons of spuds in Ritzville Wednesday morning. Pomeroy representative Mary Dye, who serves on the Washington state Food Policy Forum, says demand for potatoes from area […]

Survey Shows Concerns About Columbia Basin Water

A survey recently conducted for the Columbia Basin Development League shows those in the northern portion of the Basin are concerned about the state of local water.  The survey questioned 255 people in the Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Othello, Odessa and Ritzville in September. The results show many “deeply concerned”.  The chief issue, the depletion […]

Central Washington Communities Receive Federal Dollars To Address Water Issues

On Tuesday, the USDA announced the City of Ritzville and the Greater Bar Water District received federal monies to address water issues.  The federal loans and grants come through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal program.  The aim of the program is to improve water systems and waste water handling services in rural communities by […]

New Washington Wheat Ambassadors Announced

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has announced the wheat ambassadors for the upcoming school year:  Spencer Miller of Ritzville and Gunner Aune of LaCrosse.   Spencer is the son of Mike and Marci Miller. The multi-generational family farm is located outside of Ritzville. Spencer has maintained a high scholastic achievement throughout high school and […]

CBDL Honors Mark Schoesler

During the Columbia Basin Development League’s 55th annual meeting Tuesday, the organization honored state senator Mark Schoesler.  The Ritzville Republican received the Perseverance Award for what the league called “his longtime legislative efforts on behalf of communities and irrigators in the basin area”.   “The league chose Senator Schoesler to receive the Perseverance Award for […]

CGI Expands Presence In Washington

It became official late last week, as Columbia Grain acquired Gavilon Grain group’s assets in Washington.  That includes 15 grain handling facilities between Moses Lake, Ritzville, Othello and Washtucna, as well as a certified seed plant in Lind.  The Acquisition provides Columbia Grain a significant presence in Washington.   Company officials said all operations and […]