WSU, OSU, Davis To Study Smoke Exposure In Grapes

Washington State University, Oregon State University and UC Davis have received a $7.6 million grant to study the impact of smoke exposure on grapes. According to WSU, the four-year project will provide critical knowledge to grape growers and winery owners in Washington severely impacted by widespread wildfire smoke in recent years. Funding for the research […]

WSU Researchers Continue Efforts To Address Smoke Exposure

As intense wildlife smoke becomes a more occurrence during our summers here in the Pacific Northwest, researchers at Washington State University are looking into the impacts on wine grapes and how to mitigate those effects. Assistant Professor of Viticulture and Enology Tom Collins said it’s important to understand the problem. “We need to have solutions; […]

Washington L&I Issues Emergency Wildfire Smoke Rules

On Friday, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries filed emergency rules the organization says will protect employees from exposure to wildfire smoke. The new rules, which are in effect now, impact workers in agriculture, construction and others that spend a majority of their time outdoors. “This wildfire season is shaping up to be even […]

2020 Wildfires Wiped Out Half Of Northern California’s Grapes

Washington and Oregon’s wine grape industries suffered significant damage during wildfires that ripped through the region late last summer. But it wasn’t just the Northwest that reported huge losses. A new USDA report reveals wildfires in northern California wiped out almost half the value of the 2020 crop. Grape growers in the Napa, Sonoma, Lake […]

Merkley: Legislation Will Benefit Family Farms, Rural Housing, More

Earlier this week, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley rolled out legislation he said will provide millions of dollars in investments for the farm community across the state and beyond. Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, says the spending bill will cover a wide variety of Ag, housing food assistance and rural […]

Wyden Calls For Disaster Assistance for Winegrape Growers

Senator Ron Wyden is asking for additional assistance for winegrape growers impacted by wildfires this year. Oregon’s senior senator made the request to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture this week. In the 2019 disaster relief package, Congress provided $3 million through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, WHIP, for winegrowers whose grapes were damaged […]

Wildfire Ash, Smoke Should Not Concern NW Gardeners

The recent ash and smoke from West Coast fires has many Northwest gardeners concerned about the potential impact on their produce. Oregon State University Horticulturist and Associate Professor Brooke Edmunds says the ash and haze will not penetrate into fruits and vegetables. “Folks are kind of mentioning that their garden is declining a little, but […]